Elevator/Escalator Apprentice LVL I

Nov 30, 2022
Dec 09, 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.

  • High School Diploma or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • One (1) year of related work experience in the electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, or electronics field
    • In lieu of one (1) year of related work experience, must meet one of the following minimum requirements for entry into the Apprenticeship Program:
    • Enrollment and completion (or substantial completion) of a post-secondary technical training program appropriate for the elevator/escalator trade .
    • Two years of high school vocational training appropriate for the elevators & escalators trade .
    • Employment history demonstrating prolonged interest and progression in a comparable classification .
    • Any combination of employment history and/or training that demonstrates the individuals' commitment/interest to progress in the trade
Other Requirements
  • Must successfully pass 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
  • Must be at least, age 18
  • Possession of a valid driver's license
  • A safe driving record with no more than four (4) points accumulated over the past three

(3) years
  • 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
  • N/A
Providing that the Apprentice successfully completes the program levels as identified/noted below



Level I (First 6 months)

Core Skills

Level II (Second 6 months)

Introduction to Elevators

Basics of Installing Components

Level Ill (Third 6 months)

Maintenance Practices and Testing,

Electrical Theory, Elevator Doors Equipment, Traction Elevator, Electrical Wiring & Equipment

Level IV (Fourth 6 months)

Hydraulic Theory and Installation, Basic Electronics & Fundamentals, Machinery Troubleshooting & Rope Replacement, Maintenance of Escalators & Moving Walks, Accessibility

Level V (Fifth 6 months)

Schematic Design Overview, Modern Control Systems

Level VI (Sixth 6 months)

Escalator Electrical Systems, Escalator Drive Systems, Troubleshooting Electrical/Electronic Systems

Level VII (Seventh 6 months)

Troubleshooting Hydraulic Systems, Elevator Inspection and Preventive Maintenance

Level VIII (Eighth 6 months)

Escalator Inspection and Preventive Maintenance; Final Reviews and Testing; NAESA Certification

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 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Elevator and Escalator (ELES) 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 assists 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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