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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Joint Apprentice Training Committee of the Elevator Industry | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Essentials of Elevator Conversion I (also known as Elevator Modernization)


Version 1 and 2: 72 hours (18 weeks).

Park West High School, 525 West 50th Street, New York, NY.
Version 1: September 1989 - August 1993.* Version 2: September 1993 - August 2000.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Students will be able to describe the steps involved in the installation of a complete elevator system and upgrade elevator systems to modern installations using current design specifications.


Version 1 and 2: Topics include: upgrading elevator systems to electronic and computer control; rail and buffer supports; rail installation; slings, platform, and safeties; completing the basic installation; setting geared machines; setting gearless machines; roping; hoistway conduit, ducts, and hall fixtures; cabs, limit switches, and music box; GAL door operator; wires; traveling cables; compensation, oil buffers, and balance; preparation for inspection and testing. Shop exercises include: rails and buffer supports; slings, platforms, and safeties; troubleshooting; counterweight frames, initial wiring, and roller guides; setting machines and related equipment; roping; boxes, conduit, and ducts; cab, limits, music box and GAL door operators; wiring; compensation; buffers and balance; preparing for inspection and testing.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the associate in occupational studies degree category, 3 semester hours (2 lecture, 1 shop) in Elevator Conversion/Modernization in Applied Technology (6/88). NOTE: 1,000 hours of on-the-job practice were not considered in the credit recommendation for this course. Version 2: In the associate degree/certificate category, 3 semester hours in Elevator Conversion/Modernization in Applied Technology (7/93 revalidation) (8/94 revalidation) (9/99 revalidation). NOTE: 1,000 hours of on-the-job practice were not considered in the credit recommendation for this course. NOTE: If this course and either The Essentials of Elevator Repair I or The Essentials of Elevator Maintenance I are successfully completed, an additional 1 semester hour of credit is recommended as a shop in Applied Technology. A total of 7 semester hours would be recommended for a combination of any two courses. *NOTE: The current version of this course, dating from September 2000, appears in the preceding section.