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International Union of Elevator Constructors

The following information is provided as a general overview/guideline and it subject to change. Information as to earnings and benefits should be verified with the trade office in your geographical area as it can vary from province to province.

International Union of Elevator Constructors
7154 Columbia Gateway Dr.
Columbia, MD 21046

Top Officer:
Frank J. Christensen, General President

The IUEC represent the most qualified and trained elevator constructors in the world. Members assemble, install and replace elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways and similar equipment in new and old buildings. Elevator constructors also maintain and repair this equipment once it is in service, as well as modernize older equipment.

What do Elevator Constructors Do?

Assemble, Install, Maintain and Replace:

  • Elevators
  • Escalators
  • Dumbwaiters
  • Moving Walkways

What is an Elevator Constructors' Apprenticeship Program?

Elevator Constructor apprentices are registered with the National Elevator Industry Education Program. This program of study requires five years to complete to take the mechanic examination. There are two more years of study to complete the program.

How much will I earn?

You earn while you learn the trade. Union journeymen Elevator Constructors wages and fringe benefits are negotiated on their behalf by the union through collective bargaining with signatory contractors. Some apprenticeship programs partner with community colleges to offer college credit for apprenticeship classes.

Wages vary according to the geographic location of the local union. The average starting wage for 1st year apprentices is 40 - 50% of the Journeyman's wage rate plus fringe benefits. Your earnings are adjusted annually to reflect your advancing skills and increasing knowledge of the trade.

What type of work will I do?

Elevator constructors perform the construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevators, platform lifts, stairway chair lifts, escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, material lifts, and automatic transfer devices. They also perform the construction, operation, inspection, maintenance, alteration and repair of automatic guided transit vehicles such as automated people movers. Individuals perform this work while working at heights, around exposed electrical contacts and moving sheaves and cables.