A condo superintendent in Barrie in Ontario conducted self-made elevator job in order to save money. “He saw what my hook looked like, then went out and made one himself,” says Joe Leone, the elevator mechanic for the building.
Most people believed that elevator maintenance are always handled by professionals; the machines are complex enough to have personalities, with multiple cars that sometimes dispatch seemingly at their own will, a mix of old and new technologies that make them stubborn to fix, and new flights speeds of 100 floors per minute. Elevator installers and repairers hold the top-ranked blue collar job according to Forbes, and demand rises with every new high rise hotel, office building, and condo complex in markets like Toronto and Vancouver.
However, as property owners try to cut costs, technicians report a dangerous lack of maintenance, and as multi-national elevator companies try to compete, some technicians rush through hundreds of maintenance jobs per month.
Elevator mechanic shot up the Canadian Business ranking of Canada’s Best Jobs in 2017, rising to No.10 from No.74 in 2016. But the bigger factor is the overall growth in the number of elevator mechanics jobs that have grown to 94% in Canada, one of the fastest growth rates observed.
The problems are always more overwhelming when people in elevators try to get free. “One boyfriend trying to rescue his beloved kicked the hall-side elevator door off, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs”, says Leone.
Technicians can’t escape the quick-changing technology of elevators. “Smart elevators” use algorithms to shuttle passengers more efficiently, and some technologies adjust the heat and air conditioning of office floors based on where people land. Leone recalls.