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Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 31, 2011 - 10:25am PT
Just pondering my lack of steady employment.

I've been climbing for over half my life.
I've been a carpenter for ten years.
I run equipment very well.

Rigging seems like it could be a lucrative trade for someone with my background.
I'm not talking Hollywood stuff, more like industrial/commercial rigging.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jan 31, 2011 - 10:27am PT
State contracting tend to use alot of contracted rigging at least here in Nevada. The highway dept has them working on the new galena bridge as we speak. just a thought..
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2011 - 10:30am PT
How's that bridge coming? Huge project! I bet the residents on 395 will be glad when it's operational, that stretch of road has more privately posted 'slow down' signs than I've seen anywhere else.

I'm in NH right now, unfortunately.
BrentA

Gym climber
Roca Rojo
Jan 31, 2011 - 10:33am PT
Rigging is working out for me.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jan 31, 2011 - 10:35am PT
Bridge is still under construction, millions over budget...Base jumpers drool and wait....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 31, 2011 - 11:18am PT
Ricardo,
My friend uses a lot of cranes to lift his HVAC equipment and all his
crane guys are hurting badly so I would assume if they're not working
neither are riggers.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 31, 2011 - 01:42pm PT
Bump from a guy in a similar situation, only multiply your time building by 2.5.

Cheers,

-JW
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2011 - 01:47pm PT
You've been climbing for 125% of your life?

Awesome!

:)
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 31, 2011 - 01:51pm PT
What about rigging for concerts/shows/cirque du soleil... that type of thing?
And I also knew someone who was a window washer on tall buildings, and his rigging knowledge was used in the endeavor. Just some thoughts.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jan 31, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
the best rigging gigs are in the film biz, it seems most climbers who take up rigging end up there. The only problem is getting in. It's usually one of those rigs where you need to know someone to get in.
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
I'm more interested in industrial rigging.

I'd never relocate to So-Cal and I'm a tradesman. Heavy industrial work appeals to me, if you can believe it.

Thanks, though.

Any input on how to get a foot in the door is what I'm going for.
coz

Boulder climber
California
Jan 31, 2011 - 02:19pm PT
Who you calling a rigger???

Good luck, it's hard to get in to, but it can be done. Try searching for rope access cert.

Make u a lot more dough than AMGA You know!!!

Hit up Hankster and Wlidone, on the downlow if u know them.
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
Thanks Coz.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
Oakland
Jan 31, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/25/business/25climb.html?scp=1&sq=climbers+wind+turbines&st=nyt

Good article on climbers as rope workers.
I believe the entry level cert is called the SPRAT.
Also check out http://www.ropepartner.com/sprat-certification/

Register early, these classes fill up fast from what I can tell.

Also, there are some decent threads over on rc.com about good jobs for climbers. Rope accss techs comes up a lot.
Dumpster Diver

climber
Jan 31, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
http://ropeworks.com/

http://ropeworks.com/train_calendar.htm
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Jan 31, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
Here is a great site with a lot of info on rope access training.

http://ropeworks.com/

This business, Ropeworks, does very well, offers a lot of trainings and probably has links to trainings in your region.

Like anything if you devote yourself, and commit to the long haul, you could probably find good work.

My son is very successful as a rigger, now with Cablecam, but he did his time getting in the union and rigging for trade shows in Las Vegas, and he had some good family connections to get started.

Peter
deepnet

Boulder climber
CA
Jan 31, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
I just saw a whole car full O riggas' drive by my house!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 31, 2011 - 03:59pm PT
If you Know the difference between wire rope and cable, can estimate weight of trench plates by size and can operate two chain hoists at the same time, Cal Trans will hire you, or you can coordinate FX on the next "Fast and Furious" sequel ; )
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 31, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
Contact Weld_It.
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Pud, I'm capable of managing those tasks, given a short (read, short) primer.
I understand the difference between rope and cable, Steel plate is easily estimable, and two hoists at a time, please! I ran excavators for four years.

I'd like to get in with the construction aspect though.

Thanks for the input guys.
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