Schools with Elevator Mechanics Training Programs: How to Choose

Elevator mechanics install, repair and maintain elevators, along with similar electronic systems such as escalators and moving walkways. Diploma, certificate and associate degree programs in electronic technology are available at 2-year colleges throughout the U.S. and may act as preparation for apprenticeship or employment opportunities.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor of Labor Statistics, most elevator mechanics receive training through apprenticeship programs in conjunction with employers and unions, which do not require postsecondary education (www.bls.gov). However, diploma, certificate and associate degree programs offered by community colleges and technical schools provide advantageous technical experience that could be preferred by employers.

10 Elevator Mechanic Schools

These institutions offer electronics technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)
Bryant and Stratton College Cleveland, OH 4-year, Private Associate's $16,482*
University of California Riverside Riverside, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $2,800**
Colorado Technical University Westminster, CO 4-year, Private Associate's Not Available
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI 4-year, Private Non-profit Associate's $23,031*
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,458; Out-of-state $9,693*
Thomas Edison State College Trenton, NJ 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $6,135; Out-of-state $9,036*
Eastfield College Mesquite, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $1,770; In-state $3,330; Out-of-state $5,220
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374
Victoria College Victoria, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,640; In-state $4,050; Out-of-state $4,650
Pittsburgh Technical Institute Oakdale, PA 2-year, Private Certificate $16,192

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School website

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School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when selecting an electronics technology program.

  • Certificate and diploma programs are typically shorter and more focused, while associate degree programs offer a wider variety of classes in relevant areas but take longer to complete.
  • Internships or other practical experiences in the field could be useful preparation for professional work as an elevator mechanic, especially when using on-site, up-to-date electronic technology facilities.
  • It's important to consider if the program is recognized by professional associations for elevator mechanics.
  • Students may want to ensure the school has the most up-to-date technology incorporated into the curriculum.

Diploma in Electronic Technology

Diploma programs can range from a semester to two years depending on the school and curriculum.

Certificate in Electronic Technology

Certificate programs in electronic technology can typically be completed in less than a year. Some programs restrict coursework only to electronic circuits and computer technology, while others provide coursework that extends into AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) electronics. Other coursework can include digital circuits, power generation and electronic design.

Associate Degree in Electronic Technology

Associate degree programs take two years to complete and may transfer directly into bachelor's degree programs. Coursework includes basic electronic and computer systems study. Real-world experiences and internship opportunities are typically available. Electives for the program can include pneumatics, hydraulics, automated systems and physics.

Although it may be possible to pursue a career as an elevator mechanic without formal college training, some employers may prefer those who have a certificate, diploma or associate's degree in electronic technology. These programs are offered at many institutions and can be completed in two years or less.

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