Elevator Mechanic (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 15, 2016
Working in the elevator industry has opened the door to develop a multitude of different skills. In the installation side of the industry I learned hoisting and rigging, welding, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and carpentry skills. Adjusting duties included final alignment, adjustment, and calibration of all functions of elevator operation. Also all inspections and coordination with other building systems were required work. In the service-repair side of the industry I was exposed to more in depth electrical wiring and trouble shooting control circuits, both low voltage and motor controls. I also participated in periodic testing and inspections of elevator operations as well as performing preventive maintenance.
member (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ SanDiego, CA Honolulu, HI – October 21, 2014
I have been a member of IUEC for almost 30 years. Building elevators has been a most rewarding career. the trade changes constantly and keeping up with technology has been challenging and interesting to say the least.
Apprentice/Mechanic (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – June 21, 2014
Learned to work as a team and also learned the basics of several trades such as plumbing, electrical, hydraulics and many others. The management as well as my co-workers were easy to work with and always willing to help if problems were encountered. The Heavy lifting was the toughest part of the job. It was worth it though not to have to climb the stairs everyday.
Elevator Mechanic (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 1, 2013
Glad I have the experience. But the union has changed since being in it for 16 years. The schooling has really messed things up as far as Mechanics go. So there is no stability. Plus the market has everyone scrambling for jobs. Lay offs and some helpers and mechanics will never work in this field again.
To build and maintain an elevator or escalator with pride, while implementing all safety procedures available to me as well as my co-workers.
Elevator & Escalator Mechanic (Former Employee) – Northern Virginia – September 25, 2012
To unload a brand new elevator from a truck still in pieces and boxes, dealing with the elements and many other obstacles, to riding the elevator 3 weeks later is an accomplishment that is overwhelming beyond expression. A very strong sense of accomplishment.
taking pride in my work and knowing that it is safe and will be in operation for many years to come!
dealing with the elements, snow rain, wind, cold and heat while still producing a quality product.
Apprentice (Former Employee) – Lanham, MD – April 21, 2012
The elevator trade union is made up of various companies and over 1000 union members. This trade is great for any individual who is strong of heart, body, and mind. It is extremely fast paced and very challenging both mentally and physically. It brings with it great benefits and and many rewards. Opportunity for advancement is limited only by ones self and what you are willing to put into your own career. This is not a field to get into if you are not wanting a career!