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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.

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General Questions

What is an Elevator Constructor Apprentice and what sort of work do they do?
What is the process to become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice?
What can I expect in the classroom and what are the class requirements?
How do I find out if/when NEIEP will be at a career fair in my area?
If I have experience as an electrician or mechanic, can I test out of some of the NEIEP material for quicker educational advancement?
What are the general qualifications needed in order to apply? Do I need a high school or college degree?
How old do I have to be to apply?
Why should I go into the elevator trade over other trades?

Recruitment & Application Process

How do I apply to become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice?
Where do I send in my application?
When is the application deadline?
What happens after I submit my application?

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

What score do I need to pass the EIAT?
How do I find out my EIAT results?
What happens if I fail the EIAT?

Interview

How do I become eligible for an interview?
What can I expect during the interview?
What happens after my interview?

General Questions

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, and an interview.
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.
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.
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 or GED is required.
How old do I have to be to apply?
Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age.
Why should I go into the elevator trade over other trades?
Here’s what Forbes Magazine had to say about Elevator Mechanics.

Recruitment & Application Process

How do I apply to become an Elevator Constructor Apprentice?
Application requests are made in person or by mail. Applications are only accepted during open recruitment periods. For open recruitment information visit our website to contact the Local Area Coordinator for your region.
Where do I send in my application?
Application materials, including the completed Apprenticeship application and a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate, are mailed to the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) or Local Area Coordinator as indicated in the recruitment advertisement. Mailing information varies throughout the country and for each recruitment. Specific address information will be provided in the recruitment’s advertisement.
When is the application deadline?
Application deadlines will be provided in the recruitment advertisement and vary per recruitment.
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.

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

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.
How do I find out my EIAT results?
Your Elevator Industry Aptitude Test results will be mailed to you. 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.

Interview

How do I become eligible for an interview?
Applicants who receive a score of 70% or higher will be scheduled for an 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.