The work of an industrial climber is one of the most risky and in demand. Few people, having heard the name of this profession, will immediately be able to say what exactly it means. What do industrial climbers do? It's hard to answer without thinking. Lawyers, doctors, designers - everything is simple and clear.
So what do they really do, how much do they earn and why are there so many vacancies for industrial climbers on the market now? Is training required? What are the pros and cons of the profession?
What services does an industrial climber provide?
In cities, new houses and neighborhoods are being built more and more often, beautiful shopping and entertainment centers are being erected, advertising signs and billboards are appearing. That is why now more than ever there is a high demand forpeople who can work at height.
Many tasks can be solved by hiring an industrial climber. Need to install an advertising sign? Wash the facade of the building? Paint the walls or de-ice the roof?
For all this, it is much cheaper to pay for the work of a team of two or three people working at height than to order multi-ton and expensive equipment to transport ordinary painters, cleaners or welders up, for example, to the 12th floor.
Who is suitable for this job?
The specifics of the work is such that a person experiencing a panic fear of heights, most likely, will never even think about such an option for earning. On the other hand, not all extreme lovers are suitable for the tasks assigned to the team of climbers.
It is also doubtful that, by analogy with an astronaut, someone from childhood dreamed of becoming a professional in this area.
What does an industrial climber need in their work? What qualities will help him make money successfully?
There are several things that will make your first steps in this profession much easier:
- Physical training. For obvious reasons, being in good physical shape will make the climber's job much easier.
- Accuracy, pedantry. In addition to the constant risk associated with the danger of falling due to untested equipment or non-compliance with safety procedures, it is important to remember that in the event ofpoor-quality or inaccurate performance of the task, most likely, you will have to repeat the descent, which will not bring either additional payment or much delight. Therefore, accuracy and attentiveness are undoubtedly important.
- Construction speci alties/skills. Brigades receive a large number of orders at facilities under construction, at houses that require banal minor repairs, which cannot be completed only because of inaccessibility.
- Having your own car. It will greatly facilitate the work, since the entire inventory takes up a lot of space, while having quite a noticeable weight. You won’t be able to carry it with you on public transport every day, and it’s not always possible to leave it on the spot.
What does an industrial climber need?
It is not enough just to have personal qualities and be willing to work. It is important to carefully study the issue, undergo training and purchase the necessary equipment that will be needed from the first days.
You can't do without starting investments.
As far as training is concerned, it is quite possible to pass exams for high- altitude work. Now almost all major cities have training centers where those who want to get a profession will be quickly trained and prepared for work.
Course or equipment prices may vary slightly by region.
For example, to undergo training and get a crust of an industrial climber in Yekaterinburg, you need to pay 12,000 rubles. In Astrakhan, the price for a course ranges from 5,500 to 10,000 rubles.
About 15,000 rublesthis course is required in Novosibirsk.
Industrial climbers in the process of training receive theoretical material, take practical classes with instructors.
The theory includes detailed information about safety precautions, rules for using technical equipment, which is especially important in a high-risk profession.
But if this does not seem so necessary, then it is worth clarifying separately that without a license to carry out work at height, no one will allow an employee to enter the facility - for this, the employer faces large fines.
You will have to buy everything you need even before work starts, because it will not work to borrow or rent. When choosing, it is better to take help and seek advice from more experienced colleagues. As a rule, climbers are willing to help beginners, knowing full well what errors in work or poor-quality and inappropriate equipment can lead to.
Minimum kit to start:
- Protectors and carabiners.
- Belay elements and emergency kit.
This equipment will cost from 10,000 rubles and more, even according to the most conservative estimates. However, these costs are appropriate and justified, as they ensure the safety of the climber himself.
A lot of similar equipment is sold in climbing shops, but it won't work. Justbecause it does not have the necessary certification. With such equipment, a climber will most likely not be allowed to work by a safety engineer.
Work in regions
It is natural, for example, that industrial climbers are constantly required in Moscow. Is there a demand for them in other regions? Definitely yes. Not only skyscrapers and skyscrapers need maintenance. For example, even if we do not take into account the northern capital (St. Petersburg), industrial climbers are required in the south of the country, where the tourism sector is actively developing, year after year more and more new objects are being built and need attention. Work for an industrial climber can be found everywhere, the Internet is full of job advertisements.
Weigh all the pros and cons
Before you invest in the right equipment and leave your favorite office, you should definitely think not only about the benefits that this work will bring, but also about the possible difficulties that you will face. At this stage, it is better to find and study as much information as possible. Various forums, and communities on social networks, and even personal communication with representatives of the profession will do.
It is impossible to predict in advance all the disadvantages or advantages that will appear over time. We will try to consider only the most obvious pros and cons.
This rather rare and highly paid speci alty is surrounded by a certain halo of romance, creating the illusion of easy money. In practice, in order to cope with all tasks,industrial climbers require relentless control, precision and caution.
- High wages. Specialists in this profession earn an average of 3-4 thousand rubles or more in one working day.
- Relatively free work schedule. Crews are paid according to the result of the work performed. As a rule, this activity does not provide for a mandatory and rigid schedule.
- Ability to choose a companion. Since working alone is prohibited by safety rules, an industrial climber always needs a partner. As a rule, having worked together, climbing teams constantly cooperate and help each other in obtaining new orders.
The absolute majority in the profession are men under 40-45 years old, however, there are also older experienced climbers, as well as girls. It all depends on the willingness to work and physical form. You definitely can’t call such work easy.
- Risks associated with altitude. The speci alty is included in the list of the most dangerous professions, along with the professions of a policeman, miner, sapper and journalist.
- Seasonality and dependence on weather conditions. Not only the onset of cold weather can interfere with work, but also strong winds, intense rain and even extreme heat.
- Lack of salary and clear rates. Often, the specifics of the work from object to object may differ, and the difficulties are already identified directly in the process, when the price for the work is agreed and the budget is approved.
There are many examples of someone in their 20s cracking their knees while a 30-year-old calmly does a double somersault or sits on a split. The guy is terribly afraid of blood and heights, and bravely and coolly works in surgery or a girl jumps with a parachute.
Every person is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses, which can always be developed or adjusted. Analyze your character traits, work on your shortcomings, look for a use for everything you know and can do.