Become a Rigger: Your Career Map

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BECOME  RIGGER.

BECOME A RIGGER: YOUR CAREER MAP

BECOME A RIGGER: TRAINING & EDUCATION

So you want to become a rigger?

A rigger’s main responsibility is to lift, lower, hoist and pull objects using machinery and lifting equipment like synthetic, chain and wire rope slings, hoists and cranes.

They are responsible to make and determine the best configurations and equipment to lift a load, be knowledgeable about safety & operating procedures and know how to fabricate, repair, inspect, install and service rigging and lifting equipment – lifting equipment can range from synthetic slings, wire rope, lifting magnets or cranes and aerial lifting trucks.

Certain industries, or niche industries (particularly those that require you to use and operate heavy machinery and equipment like cranes and lifting trucks) will require a specific certification to operate them.

A rigger can provide these services:

  • Inspections, on-site or in-shop
  • Load tests
  • Crane repair, sales, inspection and installation
  • Training
  • Sales and services

BECOME A RIGGER: TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

Many industries that use riggers or rig technician’s don’t require formal training, but do require and/or provide on-the-job learning, training courses and certifications.

However, it may be beneficial to complete a college or technical diploma, which can improve your chances of getting a job or apprenticeship.

At Hercules SLR, our riggers have a combination of LEEA certifications and on-the-job training from our certified trainers and inspectors.

Some of these include:

  • Lifting Certifications from LEEA
  • Training Courses
  • College Diploma

You also have the option to become a rig technician, which is a Red Seal Trade in Canada. According to the NSAA, a rig technician:

  • Operates draw works, rotary equipment and pumps
  • Inspects rigs
  • Maintains records of drilling operations
  • Oversees rig mobilization and demobilization

You don’t need formal education to become a red seal technician, but must complete 9,000 apprentice hours to qualify to complete the rig technician red seal exam. A rig technician is responsible for the above duties, but also operating tools, wearing and ensuring the proper PPE is used and must operate lifting and hoisting equipment.

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Cranes, chains & cargo – a glimpse at common items and equipment found in rigging industry

BECOME A RIGGER: ESSENTIAL SKILLS

You might wonder—”This sounds nice, but what should I be good at to be a rigger?” A career as a rigger may be right for you if you’re:

  • Mechanically inclined;
  • Comfortable with math and physics;
  • Interested in a balance of both physical and administrative work, comfortable using technology;
  • A strong, effective communicator;
  • An eye for detail and quick decision-making;
  • Comfortable in harsh climate conditions, rigging often involves working in the extreme heat or cold.

BECOME A RIGGER: INDUSTRIES YOU COULD WORK IN

  • Entertainment (set and stunt rigging) & Theatre (stage rigging)
  • Maritime, marine & fishing – sailboat rigging included
  • Airline
  • Construction
  • Offshore Drilling/Oil and Gas
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Forestry
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Shipping/Receiving and Material Handling

BECOME A RIGGER: LIKE THE SOUND OF THESE JOB TITLES?

If you become a rigger, you could have one of these job titles:

  • Slinger
  • Parachute Rigger
  • Sailboat/Ship Rigger
  • Gantry Rigger
  • Machinery Mover
  • Hook Tender
  • Wire Rigger
  • Yacht Rigger
  • Grip
  • Crane Rigger
  • Acrobatic Rigger
  • Theatrical Rigger
References: https://www.nscc.ca/Learning_Programs/Programs/PlanDescr.aspx?prg=MIRG&pln=MARINDRIG, https://nsapprenticeship.ca/trades#accordion58, https://www.myplan.com/careers/riggers/description-49-9096.00.html, http://www.red-seal.ca/trades/rigtech/2012n.4.1_.4v.2rv.3.2w-eng.html, https://www.jobhero.com/how-to-become-rigger/, https://www.myplan.com/careers/riggers/description-49-9096.00.html
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