First of all, a steeplejack does a very terrifying job if you hate heights (much like this author does) but repairs are always needed on a very tall building such as a church steeple, or a large industrial chimney, or the roof of a huge skyscraper.

That’s where the steeplejack comes in, as they are the climbers and repairmen that go onto those tall buildings and fix any problems. The steeplejacks treat the buildings like a concrete mountain, using many mountain climber techniques to get up and down the building. First, they get onto the building, tied to ropes that belay them down.

Belaying is a term that has the climbers add tension to the rope so they don’t fall far in the case of an accident. Typically, they secure themselves around every three feet, keeping themselves safe and knowing that if they fall, they won’t fall far.


Then a wooden plank or other sitting instrument is lowered so the steeplejack can sit down and be comfortable while he works. Then the steeplejack can make the repairs that are needed, and access any part of the building by raising or lowering the rope. Other high-tech options include using the same machining window washers use, where a motor lowers a platform up and down.

Repairs can include painting, masonry, cleaning windows, repairing storm damage, and reinstalling new roof shingles or repairing holes. If the repair has to do with a high spot you can bet a Steeplejack will be there to repair it.

Training to become a Steeplejack requires climbing and belaying skills, along with knowledge of the repair that must be made. A pair of steel nerves is also needed, because you will be operating at extreme heights, and sometimes during windy or otherwise hazardous conditions.