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.
Before Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida on September 30 with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph , the City of Miami scrambled to prepare. For the lucky few, preparations included protecting their luxury cars that cost far more than most homes. Enter Porsche Design Tower developer Gil Dezer, who, according to The Drive, sheltered 10 of Miami’s most expensive supercars in his 60-story luxury tower. These vehicles included Lamborghinis and Paganis, one model of which has a price tag in the US$2.8-million range. A picture of Italian style, Paganis’ maximum speed is 100 miles more than Irma’s winds: 230. No word on whether any of the luxury-auto Irma “refugees” got to ride in the specially made car elevator, which Chicago’s Mid-American Elevator had a hand in building.
The Pagani Huayra BC can go 230 mph and sells for approximately US$2.8 million; image from Autoriva
Jordan Lowe, a friend of “Unstoppable” Tracy Schmitt (the inspirational speaker who gave her fascinating story at the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association Annual Convention, covered in the September issue), is an avid elevator photographer and videographer. He posts regular updates of “elevator tours” from across Canada to his YouTube channel and has an active elevator-related Facebook page. Have a look and engage in industry discussion with this real elevator enthusiast!