Other than the fact the job can be physically draining, Tarma Liranzo, Project Coordinator – Inspections Division for Engineered Tower Solutions (ETS), is proud to be part of a very unique field of work. With a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, she could rest on her academic laurels and do her work safely behind a desk. But as a self-motivated person, as she describes herself, with an ability to “maintain her composure in a pressured environment,” Liranzo wanted a first-hand look at what was going on in the field.
“Not a lot of individuals have the privilege to say they work in this field or have climbed a tower,” Liranzo told Inside Towers. Having been climbing for over five years, she started at ETS as a project manager but wanted to gain a better perspective of her work. Liranzo was mainly based in the office, which she said can create a disconnect. “By going out into the field,” she said, “I was able to bridge that gap which helped me bring practical solutions to issues and be better equipped to write reports and perform quality control of PMIs. Climbing allows me to bridge the gap between my responsibilities in the office and the field.”
Not only has field work made her a better administrator, but climbing has provided other perks for Liranzo. “The views from the towers are unmatched,” she said, “and it lets me travel and experience different aspects of the country.”
She recently renewed her tower climbing training where she was put through various rescue scenarios, and tower safety drills at Tower Safety & Instruction in Phoenix run by Kathy Gill. Liranzo is certified in: Certified Climber and Rescuer, Aerial lift & Industrial Trucks – Certification of Completion, CPR, AED, and Basic First aid, RF certified, OSHA 10, and OHSA 30.
Liranzo was born on the island of Dominica (not the Dominican Republic), and has climbed up to 250 feet. She said she finds climbing exhilarating and recommends it for other women if they wanted to meet the challenges tower climbing presents. “It is a physically demanding job but if it appeals to any one I believe that they should go for it,” she said.
By Jim Fryer, Inside Towers Managing Editor
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