Elevator / Escalator Apprentice

Sep 26, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Full Time

WMATA's Elevator / Escalator Department (ELES) repairs and maintains nearly 1,000 pieces of vertical transportation equipment within DC Metro. ELES is looking for motivated technicians to join our workforce.

The Elevator / Escalator Apprenticeship Program is a nationally recognized and accredited program that train technicians to become certified Journeyman. The Elevator / Escalator Apprenticeship is a student level position leading to graduation and assignment as an ELES Journeyman. Upon completion of the four year program, graduates will become certified Journeyman and will earn up to 16 college credits. The incumbent is responsible for satisfactorily completing all formal (i.e.classroom) and on-the job training assigned over the four year period.


  • Applicants must be no less than eighteen (18) years of age, and be a high school graduate or possess GED.

  • Applicants are required to take a series of WMATA tests for Basic Math, Reading Comprehension, the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test, and a classification specific test related to the elevator/escalator trade.
  • Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements for entry into the Apprenticeship Program:
  1. Enrollment and completion (or substantial completion) of a post-secondary technical training program appropriate for the elevator/escalator trade.
  2. Two years of high school vocational training appropriate for the elevator/ escalator trade.
  3. Employment history demonstrating prolonged interest and progression in a comparable classification .
  4. Any combination of employment history and/or training that demonstrates the individuals' commitment/interest to progress in the trade.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license issued from jurisdiction of residence.
  • A safe driving record with no more than four (4) points accumulated over the past three (3) years.
  • Must satisfactorily complete and obtain the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA) certification, National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Certified Elevator Technician (CET) certification or equivalent and current jurisdictional licensing requirements prior to assignment as an Elevator and Escalator Journeyman Technician.

  • None

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


This is a series of positions leading to completion of the WMA TA ELES Elevator and Escalator Apprenticeship Program. The term of apprenticeship to become a qualified Journey person in the elevator/escalator trade as covered by the Standards of Apprenticeship requires a minimum of 8000 hours as specified in the Schedule of Trade Processes and Related Instruction. A minimum of 8000 hours will be credited to the apprentice under the Schedule of Trade Processes as outlined in the Apprenticeship Agreement. When in formal training, employee reports to the Apprenticeship Coordinator. When on On-The-Job Training (OJT), the employee reports to the ELES Maintenance Supervisor of the assigned shift. While on OJT, the employee works under close supervision of ELES Maintenance Supervisors.

  • Attends formal training classes related to basic, intermediate elevator and escalator maintenance.
  • Maintains satisfactory attendance and academic standing throughout the program as identified within program guidelines.
  • Develops skills in the maintenance, inspection and repair of WMATA's elevator and escalator equipment.
  • Works in conjunction with assigned ELES technicians to repair and maintain elevators, escalators and dumb-waiters to meet safety regulations and building codes, using hand tools, power tools, test lamps, ammeters, voltmeters, and other testing devices.
  • Locates and determines causes of trouble in brakes, motors, switches, and signal and control systems using various test equipment.
  • Disassembles defective units and repairs or replaces parts, such as locks, gears, cables, electrical wiring and faulty safety devices, using hand tools.
  • Installs push-button controls and other devices to modernize elevators. Lubricates bearings and other parts to minimize friction.
  • Performs all tasks in conformance with safety and maintenance practices and procedures.
  • Completes written and electronic documentation and reports for the operation and maintenance of WMATA's elevator and escalator equipment and the Apprenticeship Program.
  • Responds to and provides assistance during operational emergencies including but not limited to securing and safeguarding WMATA equipment as well as snow removal. Maintains cleanliness of the work area.
  • Required to comply with WMATA s Safety Sensitive Substance Abuse Policy. Performs other related duties, as required.


The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.
Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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