I'm really struggling with my general employment background in aviation to find a decent job at the moment and am considering taking some time off to get some rigging qualifications and making a career from that.
I'm looking for any advice on qualifications to aim for and where to head for advice on work on the industry if anyone can point me in the right direction? I live quite near this place [http://www.totalaccess.co.uk/] so travel isn't really an issue.
In reply to lewismansell: Industrial rigging is one of those things that, like scaffolding, is mainly time-served.
IIRC you do a 1 weeks course which gets you your stagel 1. With that you can start working as something like an apprentice if you can find a company willing to take you in as they are supposed to teach you.
After you got enough experience you can go and do your stage 2, which allows you to take a bit more responsibility but you are still not a rigger and work under the wings of qualified riggers.
Once you clocked yet more experience you can sit your final exams, and if you pass you are finally a rigger who can just work normally.
As with everything, it's all about contacts.
Other useful quals is to get an Irata ticket, and for the big bucks offshore qualification to do the job on the oil platforms.
Here are the actual facts about the Opito Rigging ticket.
Stage 1 - 3 Day course. Which is an introduction into the techniques and loads of theory.
Stage 2 - Up on completion of Stage 1, you get given a logbook, to record a certain amount of lifts/techniques, etc etc. You then have a maximum of 2 years to go and sit your Stage 3 Riggers assessment. You have to wait a minimum of 52 days though.
If you have experience you can go straight to Stage 3 assessment.
In reply to Mr Lopez: Apologies, i misread what you put. Yeah that's about the size of it.
Apart from you don't 'do' your stage 2, you complete the log book and then you are a stage 2 rigger.
Not the most easy process to follow have to say, haha!
heightec have a venue in West Bromwich if that is closer for you.
You could also consider the National Rigging Certificate scheme by PLASA if you fancy a life in rock 'n' roll.
I also see a number of jobs for LEEA inspectors online at the moment (Linked In and Rigg Access).
There must be 50,000+ IRATA techs out there, so you are gonna need to have other skills to improve your employability. Aviatin background... if that is engineering type skills there are tensile fabric companies to consider amoungst the mirad of other options.
In reply to Dave Perry:
I think the chap is talking about Rigging as opposed to Rope Access; two different things. There are many RA technicians of all Levels who have an OPITO rigging ticket and some even who are NVQ riggers.
Rigging= working with cranes, hoists, blocks etc to move a load around. Sometimes this may be carried out by RA technicians where the anchor points are arial and inaccessible from the ground. Good fun work!
In reply to creag: Another vote for Talon Edinburgh. I've just redone my L3 there and it was probably the most useful retraining I've ever done.
By the way Craig, guess what? After finishing up at your place I went to the Alps, shed loads of snow, so went skiing, crashed and broke my back. My offshore slot is no more! Looks like it'll be guiding this winter then. Hopefully back with CAN in March.
this would give you an idea of whats involved with the Opito training, there is a shortage of EXPERIANCED riggers offshore and doubly so for experianced rope access riggers. Getting a foot in the door is the hard bit and you will have to self sponser yourself for the first couple of years buildng up your experiance and qualifications and I would suggest once you get your foot in the door investing in getting NVQ qualified.
> Best place to do your ropes ticket, is Access Techniques if in England.
Erm.... No you won't . But then what do I know with my Opito L4 and IRATA L3 sat on a rig running a rigging job. The thing the OP needs to do is get experience of as many types of job as he can. The industry is saturated with people who have tickets but can't even be trusted not to smack themselves in the mouth with a spanner let alone lift a load . Total is as good a place to get an IRATA ticket as anywhere .
Most companies wont invest in any training for new starts so , when you start earning put a bit into some training,rigging loft management and gear inspection can be a handy one to have, it's all about getting the experience , some companies may put you on other jobs such as painting or cleaning, be carefully because do to much of that and you will wake up one ,
Morning and find that your a painter and not a rigger, this may mean turning work down but it is better to set your own course rather than some harassed young trainee project engineer in the office trying to get bodies for jobs.