Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Elevator Constructor/Mechanic, called a journeyperson.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 55 per cent of a journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship, until you reach the full rate.
Entering an apprenticeship program
Requirements for elevator constructor and mechanic apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. In most provinces and territories, you must be at least 18 years old and have a Grade 12 education or equivalent to enter an elevator constructor and mechanic apprenticeship program. It is recommended that you have Grade 12 math and physics courses. An entrance assessment and or pre-employment course are often required before on-the-job learning and apprenticeship courses.
Some provinces and territories offer secondary school apprenticeship programs that allow high school students to work towards a career as an Elevator Constructor/Mechanic.
Apprenticeship training programs for elevator constructors and mechanics vary across Canada, but generally last about three to four years, and include both on-the-job training and special industry training modules.
Related work experience or completion of an elevator constructor and mechanic program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.
Certification is required in Alberta and Quebec, and is available but voluntary in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Where certification is not available, it may be possible to study as an apprentice through your local labour organization. Check out our related links to find out who to contact. Even where certification is voluntary, it is still recommended. Certification tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional. It also helps you get jobs.
To be certified by the Canadian Elevator Industry Education Program (CEIEP), you usually need to complete a three- to four-year apprenticeship program, as well as technical training offered by the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification in some provinces and territories if you have more than four years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses in elevator constructing.
As an Elevator Constructor/Mechanic, it’s important to keep your skills current. Many elevators today are installed using computer controls. Elevator constructors have to keep up with new technology developments by reading and talking with other elevator constructors and mechanics.