If you are looking to work in the trade industry starting an apprenticeship in elevator construction is the path to take. Those tradesman who contract, install and repair elevators are some of the highest paid professionals who work in the trade field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the trade market to go into. The amount of elevators being installed each year are increasing incrementally, and maintaining existing elevators is continuous work. That being said, you can’t just grab your tool belt and start working on elevators. There is a lot of risk involved and you must be properly trained. We are here to outline for you how to become an elevator construction apprentice.
What Does an Elevator Construction Apprentice Do?
As an Elevator Construction Apprentice, you will enter a learning program managed by the Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). As an apprentice you will be supervised and required to assist with the installation, repair, and maintenance of passenger and freight elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and dumbwaiters. During the apprenticeship, you will undergo four years of college-level classes and on the job training.
What Is the Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP)?
The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) is an organization which combines both labor and management in overseeing educational curricula of all new hires within the elevator industry. This educational trust brings together the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and the employers who employ them to ensure proper training is provided for all those entering the field.Ensuring proper education and knowledge for new elevator constructors ensures that the proper skill is used when installing, maintaining, and repairing elevators thus benefiting constructors, employers, and the general public. Those who become trained mechanics will have access to online & classroom-based continuing education courses to keep current with the latest safety and technology news.
How Do I Apply for an Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship?
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and hold a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also be in physical shape to perform the duties of the trade.
What Is the Application Process to Become an Elevator Construction Apprentice?
All applicants must apply through the open recruitment. The process consists of submitting an application, taking an aptitude test, tool assessment and an interview.
How Do I Apply to Become an Elevator Construction Apprentice?
It is important to know that that applications are only accepted during specific open recruitment periods. Make sure to check your local International Union of Elevator Constructor (IUEC) for when registration opens. When registration opens request an application. Within the package they send you will be both the application and information about the program. You will need to enclose an official High School transcript or copy of your GED score report. The application must be received within 15 days of getting the initial package. Once it is received you will get a time and location for taking the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT).
When Do I Need to Send the Application in By?
Each recruitment advertisement will have different directions. Therefore the deadlines will vary. It is important to follow the directions on your advertisement and not to follow what friends in different locations are doing. Take a look at the job openings from the NEIEP website and carefully follow the directions.
Where Do I Send the Application?
There is not one universal set of guidelines. So send all the important information to the location outlined in your recruitment packet.
What Are the Upcoming Recruitment Periods for 2018?
To get up-to-date recruitment period information check the career section on the NEIEP website or go directly to your local page and contact the local coordinator directly. Here is a list of recruitment sites and dates for 2018 elevator mechanic apprenticeships:
St. Louis 
San Antonio 
|Source: NEIP website|
What Are the Licensure Requirements for Each State?
Learn more about the application process and the state licensure for individual states: