How to Become an Elevator Mechanic in 2022 – A Complete Guide
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What Does an Elevator Apprentice Do?

Elevator constructor apprentices are matched with an employer from the elevator and escalator industry and work under the supervision of a mechanic in installing, maintaining, and repairing elevators and escalators.


4 Steps for Landing an Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship in 2022

 

Step #1 – Preliminary Conditions

The NEIEP Apprenticeship Standards require applicants for an elevator apprenticeship to meet the following qualifications:

Age

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for a NEIEP apprenticeship.

Education

A high school diploma or a state-approved GED equivalent is required to apply for an elevator technician apprenticeship.

Work Authorization

You must be authorized to work in the United States to apply for an elevator technician apprenticeship.

Documentation

You will need to provide the following documents when applying to an elevator mechanic apprenticeship:

  • Verification of Diploma or GED test results or Equivalent
  • DD-214 copy 4 (for veterans)

Drug Test

Applicants for a NEIEP apprenticeship will need to go through a drug screening test as a condition for acceptance to the program. This stage will only be done once you are matched with an employer to start your apprenticeship.

 

Step #2 – Apply to an Apprenticeship

The initial application for an apprenticeship is done via NEIEP's career page. On this page, you will find open and upcoming recruitments for elevator mechanic apprenticeships by locals.

Once you apply, you will be redirected to a system named iCims, an ATS (applicant tracking system) which gathers and manages all of NEIEP's applicants' data.

Note that applications for an apprenticeship in the state of New York are done through a different system.

During the application process, you will be requested to fill in your personal details and provide GED or equivalent. If your application and documents are complete, you will be given a date and time for taking the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT).

 

Tips for a Successful Application

  • Make sure to check the NEIEP career page frequently, as new recruitments are constantly opened.
  • Apply to the apprenticeship as soon as it opens. Oftentimes (and especially in popular locations such as NY, Chicago, and LA), there will be a predetermined number of applicants, and the application will close once the allotment is filled. (The NY IUEC Local 1 application in December 2021 allotted 1,500 openings and was filled in 4 days).
  • Make sure you have all the documents and information you need in advance. Documents must be in English, and in .doc, .pdf or .jpeg format only.
  • A premade resume can make things quicker and easier for you, as you can upload it to the application system and autofill the application form. This resume may include:
    • Personal details (mandatory)
    • Last 4 digits of your social security number (mandatory)
    • Professional licenses, registrations, and certifications
    • Educational information
    • Up to 3 professional references, at least one of which a former supervisor
    • Employment experience

Step #3 – Complete the Elevator Aptitude Test (EIAT)

If you have passed the initial application stage, you will be contacted via email through the iCims system by your Local Area Coordinator inviting you to take the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT).

The EIAT test covers 3 sections:

  • Basic numeracy (math)
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Mechanical aptitude

In addition, a Tool Assessment will follow the EIAT, in which you will be required to identify common working tools, as well as showing basic measurement reading skills.

To pass the EIAT, you will need to get a score of 70%. However, it is recommended to score as high as you can, as applicants are divided into tiers based on their test performance, and candidates with higher EIAT scores will have precedence.

Want to get a feeling for the EIAT test? Take a free, 5-minute EIAT sample test.

 

Step #4 – Pass an Interview

If you have passed the 70% score on your Elevator Aptitude Test, you will be scheduled for an interview. The interview will take 15-20 minutes and will be conducted by two interviewers – one from your prospective employer, and one from the IUEC.

As per NEIEP standards, all candidates are asked the exact same questions.


The NEIEP Apprenticeship

During the NEIEP apprenticeship program, you will go through 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and 576 hours of Related Instruction (additional theoretical and practical courses).

 

On-the-Job Learning (OJL)

The on-the-job training constitutes most of the apprenticeship’s time and content.

To complete the apprenticeship, you need to complete at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year to a total of 8,000 hours.

During the OJL you will learn and practice things like:

  • Construction safety
  • Print reading
  • Rigging & hoisting
  • Machine room installation

For a complete list of the topics covered on the apprenticeship, you may refer to the Elevator Constructor Industry Training Criteria (Section B).

 

Related Instruction

According to the NEIEP, the purpose of Related Instruction is to “teach apprentices those applied academics critical to job performance that are not adequately or effectively taught on the job.”

To complete the apprenticeship, you need to complete at least 144 hours of Related Instruction per year to a total of 576 hours.

Related Instruction covers areas such as:

  • Electrical theory
  • Solid-state
  • Power & logic
  • Hydraulic theory

For a complete list of Related Instruction topics, you may refer to the Elevator Constructor Industry Training Criteria (Section A).

 

Elevator Apprenticeship Probationary Period

As soon as you land an apprenticeship, you will start a 1-year probationary period. After the first six months of this period, you will be eligible for a wage increase (see wage progression below).

 

How Much Do Elevator Apprentices Make?

The IUEC defines a progressively increasing pay scale for apprentices, as follows:

  • Probationary Apprentice (0-6 months) – 50% of a mechanic’s rate.
  • First-Year Apprentice (7-12 months) – 55% of a mechanic’s rate.
  • Second-Year Apprentice (1-2 years) – 65% of a mechanic’s rate + fringe benefits.
  • Third-Year Apprentice (2-3 years) – 70% of a mechanic’s rate + fringe benefits.
  • Fourth-Year Apprentice (3-4 years) – 80% of a mechanic’s rate + fringe benefits.

Note that mechanic rates vary between states. To find your estimated salary during the apprenticeship, get a free Elevator Apprentice Salary by State PDF.

 

When Do I Get Fringe Benefits?

As an elevator apprentice, you will begin getting the fringe benefits covered in the collective bargaining agreement upon completion of the first 2,000 hours of the apprenticeship (usually 1 year). Hours of the probationary period are included in this calculation.

 

The Elevator Constructor Mechanic Exam

The completion of the elevator apprenticeship and certification as an elevator mechanic requires the completion of a Mechanic Exam conducted by the IUEC. This test is not the same as the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test required to start an apprenticeship.


FAQs

 

How Long Does It Take to Become an Elevator Mechanic?

The elevator apprenticeship program normally takes 4 years to complete.

 

How Many Hours Do Elevator Apprentices Work?

Elevator apprentices generally work the same hours as elevator mechanics – namely 40 hours a week. However, attendance in instructions classes will take precedence over an apprentice’s working hours.

 

How Do I Become an Elevator Mechanic?

Elevator mechanics/technicians are generally certified through the apprenticeship program of the IUEC (International Union of Elevator Constructors).

To complete the apprenticeship, you must complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 576 hours of related instruction.

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