Mechanical Door Repairers

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Also known as:
Automatic Door Mechanic, Door Closer Mechanic, Garage Door Technician, Mechanical Door Repairer, Overhead Door Technician

Video transcript

Mechanical doors provide safety and security. When they break don, it takes the knowledge of a skilled professional to get them back into working order. Mechanical door repairers must first determine the cause of the problem. Is there a broken or defective part? Is something blocking or interfering with the door's motion?

A simple repair may be fixed with hand tools. More complex repairs often require power tools and welding equipment. In addition to mechanical skills, these repairers need to know circuitry as well. Sometimes the trouble requires rewiring the electrical system that controls the door.

This job often involves heavy physical labor with bending and lifting. Standing on ladder and scaffolds demands good balance. Flexibility is needed to maneuver in hard-to-reach places. Vocational schools offer basic mechanical and electrical training. Specific door installation, servicing, and repair skills are often learned on the job from an experienced co-worker.

Problem-solving and mechanical aptitude can "open the door" to many jobs. One to consider is mechanical door repairer.

Install, service, or repair automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors. Includes garage door mechanics.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Install dock seals, bumpers, or shelters.

Operate lifts, winches, or chain falls to move heavy curtain doors.

Prepare doors for hardware installation, such as drilling holes to install locks.

Cut door stops or angle irons to fit openings.

Collect payment upon job completion.

Run low voltage wiring on ceiling surfaces, using insulated staples.

Study blueprints and schematic diagrams to determine appropriate methods of installing or repairing automated door openers.

Carry springs to tops of doors, using ladders or scaffolding, and attach springs to tracks to install spring systems.

Set doors into place or stack hardware sections into openings after rail or track installation.

Assemble and fasten tracks to structures or bucks, using impact wrenches or welding equipment.

Install door frames, rails, steel rolling curtains, electronic-eye mechanisms, or electric door openers and closers, using power tools, hand tools, and electronic test equipment.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.