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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Photos of the Elevator World Contest 2015

This was the best year yet for our Third Annual “Photos of the Elevator World” contest! Thank you to everyone who participated. A team of EW judges has narrowed each category down to the finalists. Now the power is in YOUR hands – click here (or paste www.elevatorworld.com/photocontest-3 in your browser) to vote for your favorites. Voting ends June 19 so start today!

Here is a small sample of some of the amazing photographs we received:

New World; Shanghai, China

New World; Shanghai, China

Customized residential elevator; Sydney, Australia

Customized residential elevator; Sydney, Australia

Custom elevator call station; elevaTOURS Elevator Museum, Roanoke, VA

Custom elevator call station; elevaTOURS Elevator Museum, Roanoke, VA

Inclined Lifts; Corfu, Greece

Inclined Lifts; Corfu, Greece

Futuristic elevator lobby at 1st floor; Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, Spain

Futuristic elevator lobby at 1st floor; Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, Spain

1 WTC with the American flag in the foreground; New York City

1 WTC with the American flag in the foreground; New York City

Norway’s Bike Escalator

Biking, especially in major cities, is becoming more popular as the days go by. It is a great and not to mention fun form of exercise, plus it’s easy on the environment. Biking does however, have its uphill battles. Literally. Imagine working all day only to have to climb what seems like an endless mountain just to get home. Well the city of Trondheim, Norway says “Not in our town.” The recently updated CYCLOCABLE (formerly Trampe) is an escalator… for bikes! Designed to carry up to six riders at a time, you simply place your foot on a plate and enjoy the ride up at 4 mi (6.4 km) per hour.

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As you probably know, Elevator World, Inc. is located in Mobile, AL, USA. This part of our beautiful state is not exactly known for hills. Actually it’s more known for its lack of hills. That being said, I discussed this with a couple of colleagues in the office who are avid bike riders and we all quickly agreed that this is not needed here in Mobile. That is not the case elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. I know San Fransisco, CA, could certainly benefit from a CYCLOCABLE and as one of my colleagues pointed out, so could Montreal, Canada.

The French company SKIRAIL is responsible for the most recent update to the escalator and says it is “optimistic that cities in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia will contract them to build similar bicycle escalators.”

Could YOUR city benefit? Let us know why! Also be sure to check out the video below to see it in action.

Curious as to how it works? (You know we were!) Visit the CYCLOCABLE website to find out!

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb