IUEC Local 5 About Us

IUEC Local 5 Elevator Constructors began on January 10, 1900.

The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) has been leading the industry in the installation of elevators and lifts—commercial, industrial and residential—for more than a century. The IUEC has consistently met the challenges of an ever-evolving elevator trade and consistently exceeded the training demands of this highly specialized field. Not only were the forefathers of the IUEC true pioneers in the elevator industry; our current corps of talented men and women continue to set the bar high for the future of the trade.

IUEC Local 5 is made up of more than 1,000 retired and active members.  We have long history of working throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, and Northern and Central Delaware


We understand that elevator installation is a challenging and extremely dangerous process that requires precision and advanced training in order to protect those installing and servicing the lifts, and the riding public. Today’s state-of-the-art elevators demand nothing less than the most highly trained mechanics—not installers, but true mechanics. Calling upon just any construction worker to install a lift of any kind is simply a risk too great to take. Only the members of the IUEC Local 5 can call themselves union-trained elevator mechanics.

Elevators have long been an integral part of the commercial and industrial construction markets but they are now rapidly becoming commonplace in residential community. Residential lifts offer physically challenged individuals the ability to move independently throughout their home, enabling them to live in comfort and with dignity.

Additionally, we are extremely proud of the Local 5 “Lift for a Vet” program.  This unique program is giving disabled veterans the opportunity to live within their existing or new homes through the use of both elevators and lifts.

Our contractors employ the members of Local 5 in many construction Industries.  We work in the Heavy Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sectors.  Our members are required to graduate from the National Elevator Industry Educational Program which produces the best Journeymen in the industry.  This 4-year apprenticeship program which requires an apprentice to have over 6,800 hours of on-the-job training as well as over 576 hours of classroom education from certified instructors means that you have the most qualified workforce at your disposal.  This apprenticeship is concluded with a mechanics test in which passing apprentices receive their journeyman credentials.

Our workforce takes pride in partnering with our signatory contractors to deliver the necessary elevator and lift systems to the end user which are so important to the infrastructure of our community.

There are numerous examples of our participation in
developing our  communities.  We have experience and are currently work in many areas such as:
  • Airports, both expansion and renovation
  • Bio Research Labs
  • Educational Institutions, both Public and Private
  • Food and Beverage Processing Facilities
  • High Rise Office Buildings
  • Hospitals, Assisted Living Homes, and other Medical Facilities
  • Hotels & Casinos
  • Military Installations
  • Power Plants
  • Processing Facilities
  • Residential Homes and Developments
  • Resort Destinations
  • Semiconductor Plants
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sports Facilities and Arenas
Local 5 is extremely proud to be a productive member of our community.  Since our inception, we've taken an active role and will continue to play an ever bigger role as our community develops and technologies continue to change!