Understanding the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test

By: Jennifer Feldman

Elevator contractors, installers, and repairers are some of the highest-paying professions in the trade industry. According to Forbes, these professions earn more money annually than most other trades. Landing one of these apprenticeships is very competitive because there is an enormous number of applicants. Every candidate should expect to face two main obstacles—a pre-apprenticeship aptitude test and an interview. I will walk you through everything you need to know begin your career as an elevator contractor.

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Elevator U 2017

More than 160 professionals from across the country recently joined together in Charlottesville, VA for the 20th annual Elevator U (EU) Conference. The University of Virginia was the generous host of this year’s conference, which took place June 19-22. The historic Boar’s Head Inn served as the venue for the 48 vendors, 70 college/university professionals, representing 35 schools, government agencies, consultants, contractors, suppliers and inspectors.
The first day began with a golf outing at the beautiful Birdwood Golf Course. That evening the EU Board of Director’s held its meeting, while the early arrivers gathered for dinner, drinks and conversation. The next two days were filled with educational presentations on topics such as elevator design criteria and specifications, maintenance control, personal safety and long-term planning. The Tuesday evening social event allowed attendees to relax and unwind while being awed by a magician, psychic and one very popular caricature artist. The vendor show, EESF silent auction and 50/50 raffle on Wednesday evening gave attendees the opportunity to network and view the industry’s newest products while also supporting our industry’s charity. In total, $4,450 was raised at the event.
After a half day of education on Thursday, attendees were treated to a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, to cap off the conference. Next year’s conference will take place at the University of Alabama in June 2018. Visit www.elevatoru.org for more information.

Also, check out this recap video of this year’s conference!

Inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit Boasts Escalators that Work! (and are lovely)

NAESA International’s inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit drew approximately 200 professionals to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix on May 21-23 for two days packed full of excellent presentations about elevator/escalator equipment and practices to prevent injury and save lives. At the end of the event, participants’ applause let organizer Bob Shepherd, NAESA executive director, know they definitely would like to see the event continue. The host hotel provided expansive ballrooms to accommodate the presentations, as well as impressive vertical-transportation systems. In addition to a Schindler destination-dispatch elevator system, Sheraton Grand Phoenix boasted an impressive bank of Otis escalators with lovely art installations. For whatever reason, at least one escalator at industry events your author has attended over the past several years has been out of service, so it was nice to see a system that was not only beautiful, but in perfect working order!