Elevator constructors install, modify, service and repair electric and hydraulic elevators, personnel and man-hoists, moving walkways, stagelifts, escalators and related equipment.
Elevator constructors may specialize in construction, maintenance or repair work.
In general, elevator constructors and their apprentices:
- read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of cylinders, electrical connections and other system components
- do preparatory construction work including steel work, wiring and piping
- install doors and frames, guide rails, counterweights, and elevator, escalator and walkway chassis
- connect car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars
- wire electronic control system equipment
- test and adjust equipment
- trouble-shoot when mechanical or electrical systems fail and make the necessary repairs
- carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.
For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.
Elevator constructors work indoors most of the time, but may do some outdoor work. They usually work eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. Maintenance and service personnel may be on 24-hour call for specified periods of time.
Safety awareness is critical in the elevator constructor trade.
To be successful in their trade, elevator constructors must have:
- mechanical aptitude,
- the ability to work well in a small crew without direct supervision,
- the ability to do detailed and precise work, and
- a willingness to keep up to date with innovations in the field.
Most elevator constructors in Alberta belong to the International Union of Elevator Constructors. Elevator constructors are employed by elevator manufacturers and independent firms that contract to install, service and maintain elevator equipment. They are generally employed in cities where multi-storey buildings are common.
Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $30 to $50 an hour, plus benefits.
Apprentices may become crew supervisors after obtaining their journeyman certificates. Further advancement depends upon the person's experience and management skills.
To work as an elevator constructor in Alberta, a person must be a registered apprentice, an Alberta-certified journeyperson, or hold a valid recognized credential.
Individuals possessing a valid recognized credential in Alberta are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.
The term of apprenticeship for an elevator constructor is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1800 hours of on-the-job training each year. Technical training provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) is the only training presently recognized.
- An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the elevator constructor trade or holds a related journeyperson certificate and has the employer's recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship. Inquiries about credit for previously completed courses of study or work experience can be directed to an apprentice representative toll-free at 1-800-248-4823.
- A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may complete the online Prior Learning Assessment Application. For more information, see the online Prior Learning Assessment Guide.
- A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
To learn the skills required of a elevator constructor in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must:
- satisfy the entrance requirements or pass the entrance exam (see Entrance Level Competencies, Exam Counselling Sheet, Entrance Exam Study Guide, and Entrance Exam Support Materials List)
- find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice
- complete the online Apprenticeship Application and Contract
- pay the non-refundable application fee as part of the application process
- complete the required on-the-job training
- complete all program requirements as identified in the course outline
- apprentices may choose to complete modules provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) or attend technical training at an approved training provider (course availability subject to demand)
- apprentices may choose to take the National Association of Elevator Contractors' Certified Elevation Technician (CET) Program and the Certified Accessibility Technician (CAT) Program in order to meet the training requirements.
- successfully complete all required exam (see exam counselling sheet)
When apprentices attend technical training, they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase course supplies.
Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
The elevator constructor trade does not participate in the Red Seal Program.
Time spent on supervisory or foreman duties, counter work, heading the tool crib, or on training course is NOT counted as 'hands-on' work experience.
A person who holds a valid recognized credential does not require an Alberta equivalency document to work in the trade in Alberta.
However, some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
More information regarding the Equivalency Program can be found here.