There are many reasons people might consider a career in industrial climbing. Maybe you’ve seen rope access technicians hanging from high rise buildings and you think it looks more interesting than working on a standard construction site or being stuck in an office cubicle. Maybe you’re already an experienced tradie or craftsman and looking to add another feather to your hat. Whatever your motivation, becoming a rope access technician can open up a world of opportunities. But it’s not something you can do overnight, nor is it a decision you should take lightly. For this blog, we’ve put together five things you should consider before making your decision.
1. You Will Need a Head for Heights
This seems like an obvious one, but it really is worth mentioning. If you have an aversion to heights, then a career in rope access probably isn’t for you. It’s natural for people to be a bit nervous when they’re first starting out, but in most cases that uneasiness dissipates as you start clocking up hours, and pretty soon you find that being suspended hundreds of feet up in the air is just part of your daily routine. For some people though, it never gets past the early stages, and that’s fine.
2. Be Prepared for Long Shifts
For rope access technicians, shifts can be long, and the conditions are often difficult. If you’re going to be an industrial climber, you’ll need plenty of stamina to get you through hours working at height. Of course, this also translates to more substantial pay checks; it just comes down to personal preference and what you can handle.
3. You’ll Need More than Rope Access Skills
Being a qualified rope access technician can open up doors for you to work in all sorts of industries, but it isn’t really a job in itself. Once you’re up there, you have to actually be doing something. It’s common for trade or craft workers to seek a qualification in rope access to increase their employment opportunities. So if you’re a painter, welder, electrician, or concreter, getting qualified for rope access could be the logical next step to extend your business reach.
4. You’ll Need to Get Qualified
Since first appearing in the 1980s, industrial rope access had become widespread, establishing itself around the world as a more time- and cost-efficient alternative to traditional scaffolding options for working at height. As the industry has become more professionalised, regulations and oversight bodies have emerged, and before you step foot on a job site, you’ll need to get certified by IRATA, the main oversight body for rope access. This takes time – about a year to clock up enough hours of experience – but if you’re committed, the investment will pay off.
5. Be Willing to Travel
There are plenty of rope access jobs in the city, where there’s no shortage of skyscrapers in need of cleaning and maintenance. But rope access technicians are also regularly needed on out-of-the-way locations, like offshore mining facilities. These jobs might require you to be away from home for long periods, but they also tend to be particularly lucrative.
Get in Touch with Max Access Today
At Max Access, we employ only the most experienced, highly-qualified industrial climbers. Our team has the skills and the know-how to handle all your working-at-height needs. To find out how we can help save your business time and money, get in touch today.