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How Do I Become a Steeplejack?

Nicole Madison
Updated May 17, 2024
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To become a steeplejack, you will need the ability to work at extreme heights. This is one of the most important aspects of qualifying for this job, and if you become afraid, dizzy, or sick to your stomach at extreme heights, this position is not suitable for you. You will likely also need skills and experience in construction, installation, repair, or other types of physical work in order to perform the tasks required in this type of job. You may also benefit from acquiring training for this type of work, whether on the job, through a training school, or through an apprenticeship program.

Unlike many other types of jobs, you probably won't need a college degree in order to become a steeplejack. Many employers prefer to hire individuals with high school diplomas or General Educational Development® (GED®) diplomas, however. Instead of a college education, one of the most important parts of becoming a steeplejack is being comfortable working at extreme heights. If you will feel uncomfortable, become ill, or feel too afraid to perform construction work, installations, repairs, or other tasks at great heights, this position may not be for you. It is typically important to be in good physical condition for working at great heights as well.

In addition to being willing and able to work at extreme heights, you will likely need skills useful for the company to which you apply. For example, you may need skills in such areas as construction, carpentry, and electrical work when you want to become a steeplejack. Skills with installing various devices, painting, and replacing glass may also prove helpful. The ability and knowledge necessary for performing inspections might help you land this job as well. Additionally, if you have experience in such areas as rebuilding, this may dramatically improve your chances of getting hired as a steeplejack.

Training in construction, repair, and any of the other types of tasks you will perform as a steeplejack is typically important for landing this job. You can obtain training through school programs as well as through a variety of on-the-job opportunities. Securing an apprenticeship may also help you become a steeplejack. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that prospective employers will usually have varied requirements for new steeplejacks. As such, you may do well to learn the criteria typically set by employers in your area and then take steps to fill in any missing requirements before you apply for a job.

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Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a WiseGEEK writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.

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