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IUEC mechanics have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to fulfill the needs of the wind power industry. If you are a wind tower owner or operator, don’t assume unnecessary risk by allowing your equipment to be serviced by inexperienced hands.

IUEC mechanics go through a rigorous four-year USDOL-Registered Apprenticeship program at the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). To graduate and achieve mechanic status, apprentices must complete 8 semesters of college-level classroom training, log 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning under the supervision of an experienced mechanic, and pass a comprehensive capstone examination.

During their apprenticeship, IUEC members master all aspects of the elevator industry including building, installing, servicing, and maintaining state-of-the-art electrical & mechanical systems. Throughout their training, safety is always a priority.

IUEC training does not end once apprenticeship is over. As part of their benefit package, journeyman mechanics regularly participate in continuing education courses to learn about new equipment, update their skill sets to adapt to changes in the industry, and refresh their knowledge base.



The Toy Box Connection (TBC) Children’s Charity envisions a world where children facing challenging situations are connected to whatever they need – whether it be toys and books for the holidays or a special event, or mattresses and clothing for those affected by a fire, tornado, or other disaster. They help kids in hospitals, shelters, and foster homes, as well as those with parents stationed overseas.


Under the leadership of General President Frank Christensen, the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) has played an important role in their work. Members have donated not only their resources but their time, driving truckloads of toys, food, and other items to children in the Chicago area and beyond.

TBC Founder & Director Michelle Maxia is especially thankful for the connections the IUEC has provided to volunteers and donors from across the building trades. She describes these relationships as “like a tire – in the middle is the hub. That’s the IUEC. And there are many spokes…these are the Building Trades Unions who have said ‘yes, absolutely, what does she need, we’re there.’”

Because of this, she characterizes the IUEC as being the organization’s greatest support system. Michelle adds, “Everything matters. Every act of service. Every donation.”

If you would like to learn more about the Toy Box Connection Children’s Charity and the work they do, visit www.toyboxconnection.com.

IUEC Local 4 members work on elevators, escalators, and other conveyance equipment in eastern Massachusetts, the majority of New Hampshire, and all of Maine. Recently, ElevatorInfo.org visited Local 4’s headquarters in Dorchester, Massachusetts to talk with their President Doug Cullington, members of the Executive Board, Business Managers and Representatives, and new apprentices in the trade. We covered a lot of topics during our conversations, but paramount on everyone’s list of priorities was safety.

Staying focused, working safe, wearing the correct personal protective equipment – these are just some of the things that Local 4 Elevator Constructors remind themselves of daily. “To work safe is to think. Think before every move. Every step of every project must be talked about,” emphasizes Doug Cullington, President of IUEC Local 4.

“Safety is always our number one priority,” says Mary Kate Kelly, one of Local 4’s apprentice Elevator Constructors. In the video, she shares insights about the everyday hazards she encounters on the job and how she and her mechanic work to avoid them, including what they do to ensure they’re working safe around members of other trades on the jobsite. Knowing how to be proactive around potential dangers and getting everyone home to their families at the end of each day is everyone’s shared goal.

IUEC Local 4 was organized in February of 1899, and currently has almost 1,200 members.