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Elevator Constructor Apprentice FAQ

The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) is a joint labor-management educational trust fund serving the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and the employers who employ its members. Some of NEIEP’s main responsibilities are to manage and direct the implementation of curriculum design, and administer and monitor probationary training and evaluation programs for all new hires entering the trade. The overall mission of NEIEP is to improve the knowledge and skills of apprentices and mechanics not only for their benefit, but also for the benefit of their employer and the industry.

  • General Questions

    • How do I find out if/when NEIEP will be at a career fair in my area?
      Depending on the area, you may find career fair notifications in the local paper and/or community advertisements.

    • How old do I have to be to apply?
      Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age.

    • If I have experience as an electrician or mechanic, can I test out of some of the NEIEP material for quicker educational advancement?
      Previous experience may be considered and must be discussed during the interview process. All prior experience considerations must be arranged prior to signing an apprenticeship agreement.

    • What are the general qualifications needed in order to apply? Do I need a high school or college degree?
      A High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent is required.

    • What can I expect in the classroom and what are the class requirements?
      The NEIEP classroom environment consists of weekly interactive instruction provided by a NEIEP Instructor along with on-line tools, support and quizzes to test your accomplishments throughout the season. Active Apprentices are required to meet all of the exam and hour requirements assigned each season.

    • What is an Elevator Constructor Apprentice and what sort of work do they do?
      Apprentices are responsible for assisting in the installation, maintenance, and repair of passenger and freight elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving sidewalks under the direction of a Mechanic.

    • What is the process to become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice?
      Interested individuals must apply through an open recruitment and complete the recruitment process, which consists of an application, an aptitude test, tool assessment, and an interview.

    • Why should I go into the elevator trade over other trades?
      Here’s what Forbes Magazine had to say about Elevator Mechanics.

  • Interview

    • How do I become eligible for an interview?
      Applicants who receive a score of 70% or higher on the aptitude test will be scheduled for an interview. Correct responses on the tool assessment will count toward the final score on the interview.

    • What can I expect during the interview?
      Interviews are conducted by two members of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), one from the IUEC and one from the Employer side. All applicants will be asked the same series of questions. On average interviews run from 15 to 20 minutes.

    • What happens after my interview?
      A candidate’s interview score will be the average of the scores provided by the two interviewers. The interview is scored on a pass/fail basis, with a score of 70% being the minimum passing score to receive a rank on the Local’s hiring list. Your ranking on the current hiring list is based upon your interview score.

  • Pre-Hire Exam: Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT)

    • How do I find out my EIAT results?
      You will be notified whether you passed or failed the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test. If you have received a passing score you will also receive instructions for the next steps to take to continue the recruitment process.

    • What happens if I fail the EIAT?
      Applicants who fail the EIAT will not be interviewed and will be removed from the pool of applicants; however, they may re-apply during the next or subsequent recruitment period.

    • What score do I need to pass the EIAT?
      The Elevator Industry Aptitude Test EIAT is scored on a pass/fail basis, with 70% correct being the minimum passing grade.

  • Recruitment & Application Process

    • How do I apply to become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice?
      Applications are only accepted during open recruitment periods. For open recruitment information, check the Careers section of the NEIEP website which lists open recruitments, or visit the locations page to contact the Local Area Coordinator for your region.

    • What happens after I submit my application?
      Upon submission of application, there are two more steps before one can be considered for apprenticeship: the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) and interview.

    • When is the application deadline?
      Application deadlines will be provided in the recruitment advertisement and vary per recruitment.

    • Where do I send in my application?
      Application materials, including the completed Apprenticeship application and a copy of your high school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent are submitted online as indicated in the recruitment adversement.