Elevator Installer and Repairer Training and Jobs Information

by on October 13th, 2014
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Those seeking a career as an elevator installer and repairer must complete an apprentice training program first. They can then either work for licensed elevator contractors or get their own elevator license and work as an independent contractor.

Apprenticeship programs for elevator installation and repair generally also teach apprentices how to install and maintain equipment like escalators, dumbwaiters, and conveyors.

While there is no college education required to get selected for an elevator apprenticeship, there is certainly competition for these spots. Candidates need a high school degree and should take as many math and science courses as possible while in high school. This may help to set them apart from other candidates.

There are not so many elevator installer-repairers in the United States, so competition can be tough. As of May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 20,430 jobs for elevator installation and repair.

Although there are few jobs available, this group did very well in terms of salary. The median income was $70,910, and the median hourly wage was $34.09.

Although job openings are small, BLS did project a 9 percent increase from 2008 to 2018. This means that this is a decent time to get into the elevator installer and repairer business in terms of job outlook.

To apply for an elevator constructor apprentice position, you wait for an “open recruitment” period. To get selected, there will be an aptitude test and interview, as well. Make sure you are developing some general mechanical skills and knowledge while waiting for an apprenticeship position. This may help you when it comes time for the exam and interview.

Contact your regional coordinator on the National Elevator Industry Educational Program website. This program is part of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, the union that arranges the apprenticeship programs. You need to register for a free account to find that contact information. Follow the coordinator’s instructions and advice to apply for a position as an elevator installer and repairer apprentice.

From there, you will generally have the contacts to find a job in the industry as long as you complete your apprenticeship. As you progress, you can then eventually get your own elevator contractor license. The requirements for this depend on the local city or state laws where you intend to do contracting work for elevator installation and repair.

Resources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Elevator Installer and Repairer Career Information

National Elevator Industry Educational Program: How to Apply to Become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice


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