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.
What are the Application Requirements?
Any candidate who is over the age of 18 and has a high school diploma or GED can request an application. To request an application, reach out to the local branch of the International Union of Elevator Contractors (IUEC) and they will provide you information about the apprenticeship program and an application package. Within 15 days of receiving your complete application and high school transcript or GED results, the IUEC will send you the date and time of your Elevator Industry Aptitude Test.
What is the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test?
Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) exam is an exam developed by the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) for those looking to begin apprenticeships in the elevator industry. The aim of the exam is to measure all potential candidate’s aptitude for working in the elevator industry.
What is Covered on the Exam?
The EIAT exam covers three main content areas:
- reading comprehension
- mechanical comprehension
- arithmetic computation
What Do My Test Scores Mean?
It is important to note while taking the exam that there is no penalty for answering incorrectly. You score depends entirely on how many correct answers you have. You are scored on a pass/fail system. In order to pass you need to answer 70% of the questions correctly. Any score below 70% will require candidates to resubmit their application.
What Can I Expect on the Interview?
Once you pass the exam you will receive a notice scheduling the date and time for your interview. During the interview you will be interviewed by at least two members of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC). Typically, one interviewer will be connected to the Union of Elevator Contractors and one will be connected to industry. The interview usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, so it is important to make it count. The interview questions will focus on your mechanical ability, performance at school, past work experience and personality. Each candidate will be asked the same questions and then subsequently scored on them.
How is the Interview Portion Scored?
Not only are you scored on the assessment, but all candidates will obtain a score from each of their interviewers. The average of your two scores becomes your interview score. To proceed toward an apprenticeship, you must receive at least a 70. Your scores will be ranked on a four Tier ranking system based on your final score.
- Tier One: 96–100 points
- Tier Two: 90–95 points
- Tier Three: 80–89 points
- Tier Four: 70–79 points
The higher you score, the more likely that you will be chosen to be a paid apprentice by your prospective employer.
Which Companies and Organizations Use the Elevator Apprentice Exam?
How Can I Prepare for the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test?
It is extremely important that you score in the top tier on your EAIT test. Only those that pass with a 70 or above will even be invited to the interview. Check out JobTestPrep’s Elevator Industry Aptitude Test preparation pack. It includes the following items:
- nine mechanical reasoning tests (covering mechanical and electrical concepts)
- seven numerical reasoning tests
- six sentence completion tests
- three tools and measures drills
- four study guides for both numerical reasoning and mechanical reasoning
Brush up on your mathematical and language skills and review many mechanical concepts for the first time. Good luck candidates! You are already on your way to grabbing that coveted apprenticeship spot.
This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and writer at JobTestPrep. She specializes in writing about the employment hiring process. JobTestPrep is a market leader in preparation for pre-employment exams. It has helped more than 500,000 people achieve their career goals.