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Meet Our Trainer Cam!

 

What’s your name where are you from?

My name is Cameron Ross, people call me Cam. I’m originally from Scotland, highland, so the west coast of Scotland called the isle of sky.

How long have you been in Rope Access?

5 years now. Started in Vancouver, Canada in maintenance and construction.

What did you did do before Rope Access?

Before Rope access I was working in oil and gas on drilling rigs, I was a rough neck out in Alberta. It was a very physical job and under some grueling conditions of up to -50 degrees Celsius.

What got you into Rope Access?

Safety! Seeing all the hazards in industries that I was in prior to rope access. People tend to think that rope access isn’t safe when in fact it’s the opposite! There is so much procedure in place to make it as safe as possible, and why I’m still in it.

What is your experience in Rope Access?

Started in building maintenance, moved over to oil and gas, and geotechnical, then went to bridge inspections. The fact that I can do all of those different jobs and different industries, by being a rope tech, is amazing and why I love my job! I have yet to get bored!

What made you interested in being a Trainer?

It’s a great opportunity to be an instructor, because we have to be on our game. It’s also an opportunity to learn. There is many ways to do this, so it keeps you on your toes. It’s also a way to have a bit of say in the industry, by giving students the right skills to do the job.

What is your favorite part about Training?

Meeting different people, and seeing how excited they are about getting in the industry, and just being excited to learn!

How long have you been Instructing and what makes a good trainer?

I have been instructing almost a year now, I’ve been enjoying honing my skills and teaching in a variety of ways. Being Patient is the key to teaching, and figuring out what each student needs from you. You also have to have a willingness to learn as well.

What are some challenges you have faced in Rope Access?

A couple of challenges, the main one is always pressure from the client or your employer to always keep the job going. As a level 3 you have to be able to stand your ground and sometimes say no, or give real expectations. Second challenge is stubbornness. Sometimes you come across level 2’s and 3’s that won’t do what is suggested.

What is your future in Rope Access?

Just trying to progress in the industry, and be the best I could be. There is always things to learn, and I would like to get into offshore and renewable energy as well. In this industry you’re just constantly stepping up, moving forward and progressing.

What advice would you give to students to succeed?

Whether you have experience climbing or previous rope experience. Our guidance is the safest way to do it and the most practical way. Come in with an open mind and the willingness to learn.

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