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Old 04-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Just want to let everyone know that the local union for Elevator Mechanics is having an open enrollment to get some guys on our bench because things are picking back up and we are running out of workers. You can only apply and join the union during open enrollment. We haven't had an open enrollment in about 5 or 6 years, since the last "boom" when there were hundreds of tower cranes in Miami. Speaking of Miami, the local 71 union hall is in Miami, and so is most of the work. So if you don't mind driving to Miami and being there early, like 6am, as most of us start between 6am and 8am, and don't mind hard, sweaty, dangerous work, and aren't afraid of heights, then this might just be for you. You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to pass a drug test.

If you are interested, see the link below.

IUEC Local 71 - Apprenticeship Opportunities

Here is an article you might also want to take a look at. Be sure to click on "In Pictures: 20 High-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs" at the bottom of the article, and browse through the jobs by clicking the right arrow in the picture.

America's Best-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs - Forbes

About the open enrollment, you must follow the instructions exactly on their website to apply. If you send a request earlier or later, your request WILL be thrown in the garbage, literally, I know the guy who handles the apprenticeship program. As long as you are working, you must attend Elevator school. It is one night a week, for 4 hours. There are 4 years of this, and then a few months of a mechanic review class, and then the big mechanics test. Once you pass this, you are an elevator mechanic.

Like with everything else that slowed down, lots of people got laid off, so there is no guarantee you will always have a job, but nobody can promise you this. The economy determines how many guys are working, and your work ethic will help keep a job throughout the hard times.

There are 4 departments that you could work in. Construction, Modernization, Repair, and Service. Being a mechanic in any of these departments you will make the mechanics wage, which right now is $39.07 an hour. Everyone starts out as a 50% apprentice helper, and makes half of what the mechanic makes, and gets raises every year as each year of school is completed. There are union dues that you must pay every quarter.

Construction works mainly four 10-hour days from Mon-Thurs, generally from like 6am-4:30pm. There is usually overtime in Construction, as lots of people during the boom were working either six 10-hour days, and some were even doing seven 12-hour days. Anything over 40 hours is double-time, so you do the math.

Modernization hours vary because of usually being in an occupied building. Most start at 6am or 7am. There is generally no overtime available, but if there is, it is also double-time.

Repair hours are from 8am-4:30pm, and all overtime is also double-time.

Service hours are from 8am-4:30pm, and all overtime is 1.7 instead of double-time.

You don't get to choose your departments. When there is an opening, you go there, and maybe after a while you can transfer from there. Construction is the roughest, but they will most likely have the most job positions opening.

If anyone is interested, I will go more into detail about the apprenticeship program, the pay, the extremely good benefits package that we have, the union dues, or what the different departments do, or any other general questions you may have. This open enrollment is from May 7th to May 22nd. Even if you get in the union, are on the bench, and get a call, you can choose to say no if the time isn't right, you will just be at the bottom of the list of people to call, but at least you are in. If you choose not to join the union during this open enrollment, you can't just decide to get in when it's convenient for you, so think hard about if this is something you want to do, or you may not get another chance for a long time.

Again, if you have any questions, just ask. I have no pull in any way, and this benefits me in no way whatsoever. I'm just letting people know about the opportunity, as I wish I knew when I turned 18, as I would have done it then.

Good luck,

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Re: Elevator Mechanic job openings

Just want to remind everyone and bump this for anyone that may not have seen this. The open enrollment has started, and is only opened until the 22nd.
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