Rope Access Jobs Outside The Oil IndustryRope Access USA
The price of oil continues to tank. Luckily there are many industries that have rope access jobs. We’ve revisited an earlier article in case some brothers out there are looking for opportunities outside the oil business.
Rope access is just a way to get to work, it’s not work itself (or so we’re told). So once you’ve reached that hard to reach place you need to carry out some form of work. Here are a few of the industries currently utilizing rope access and industries in which you can find employment.
Until recently swing stages or building maintenance units (BMUs) have been the chosen method for window cleaning on most city high rises. With numerous notable incidents involving these units recently making the news, companies are looking for alternate methods and rope access is slowly becoming the best option.
The amount of glass being used in the construction industry is increasing. You only have to walk around a 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 which means a huge increase in rope access jobs in this industry. 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 mean regular rope access jobs 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.
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 jobs 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?