Where Can I Work With My Rope Access Certification?Rope Access USA
Rope access is just a way to get to work, it’s not work itself (or so we’re told). And you’ll need some other skills on top of your rope access certification.
Once you’re in that hard to reach place you need to carry out some form of work. Here are a few industries currently utilizing rope access.
Until recently swing stages or building maintenance units (BMUs) have been the chosen method for window cleaning on most city high rises. With numerous incidents involving these units recently making the news, companies are looking for alternate methods – rope access is becoming the favorite.
The amount of glass being used in the construction industry is increasing. You only have to walk downtown in any major US city to see glass facades on nearly every skyscraper. Windows will always need cleaning and with buildings getting taller and access is getting more difficult. A rope technician is becoming the favored option. And if you don’t want to actually clean windows you could be using rope access techniques to install replacement glass panels and more.
Love them or hate them– wind farms are popping up all over the country. These are being built both on and offshore with most of the external maintenance work being carried out using rope access methods. This should keep regular rope access teams in employment for the foreseeable future. While expensive, a turbine blade repair and maintenance qualification would be useful as well as having an appropriate offshore survival. It also helps not being bothered about swinging in some real windy conditions.
Oil Refineries operate 24/7 which means they need a constant workforce. Over 30 US states are home to oil refineries, including 4 of the world’s largest. Oil refineries need continual maintenance and due to the nature of the production being carried out; strict safety measures are imposed.
NDT (Non Destructive Testing) is the most common form of work for Rope Access Technicians within refineries. This allows for constant thickness monitoring of steel plate and pipes, detailed examinations of welds and more. This mandatory testing is to ensure safety standards and to make sure the oil companies don’t lose money. See www.asnt.org for more details regarding NDT in the United States.
With rope access becoming more prevalant in the United States, refineries are realizing they can save money on scaffolding & staging by employing rope access companies to carry out all sorts of jobs, quicker, and most importantly, cheaper.
Money talks loudest in most industries and the construction industry is no different. The employment of rope access technicians is currently booming. Buildings are now being designed with rope access techniques in mind. This is mainly due to the cost effectiveness of rope access methods in comparison to the older and more expensive methods historically used. The skylines of most major American cities are a rope access paradise.
Europe, Asia and Australia has seen incredible growth in the use of rope access within their construction industries. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is continuously maintained by rope access teams.
Technicians can also be used on historical buildings due to the comprehensive and sympathetic access that rope access can offer. Rope Access has recently been employed on our very own Mount Rushmore.
You could work on some of the world’s most prestigious and iconic structures and build an impressive photo resume.
Cliff sides are prone to erosion and as such rope technicians are often used to remove loose rocks and boulders, especially near tourist spots or popular trails. Around the country you will often see large spans of mesh or steel netting attached to the sides of railway and roadside embankments. Usually they have been installed using rope access methods. These nets are not for show and are generally used to hold back and prevent rock fall/slides.
This type of work can be tiring but is some of the most satisfying to be found in rope access. Who wouldn’t enjoy breaking off loose boulders the size of a small car while swinging on a rope?
Common knowledge say the offshore sector is where the big bucks are. However the downside is you will be living and working away from home weeks at a time. Many of these platforms have good facilities for their residents, with gyms and recreational rooms being quite common.
While it is sometimes claimed that oil reserves are depleting, there is currently an unprecedented amount of maintenance work being carried out on the ageing fleet of offshore oil and gas installations around the world. In many cases bringing them up to current regulations prior to dragging them to the scrapyard. Today the workforce is made up of fully qualified technicians.
In order to gain employment in the offshore industry as a rope access technician, you will need to specialize in a particular field and have the relevant certifications.
There is a constant requirement for offshore oil and gas installations to have a suitable protective coating. In the summer months rope access teams can be seen blasting and spraying the installation jackets from top to bottom. Learning how to blast and spray on the end of a rope is not the easiest technique to master. Most, if not all, employers will require you to have the necessary qualifications.
Again, Non Destructive Testing (NDT), is the most popular field for industrial rope access when it comes to offshore work. It allows for qualified technicians to carry out essential testing & monitoring in all the hard to reach places that can be found on oil rigs. See www.asnt.org for more details regarding NDT in the United States.
Rope Access is becoming more popular and perhaps most importantly more understood by the day, which is why it’s fast becoming the chosen method of access for work at height and difficult to access areas.