Riggers
SOC: 49-9096.00

Description:

Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
20,800 employed

Projected (2024):
22,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acrobatic Rigger
  • Boat Rigger
  • Crane Operator
  • Crane Rigger
  • Fly Rail Operator
  • Gantry Rigger
  • Gear Repairer
  • Grip
  • Hand Rigger
  • Heavy Lift Rigger
  • High Rigger
  • Hook Tender
  • Iron Worker
  • Laborer
  • Loft Rigger
  • Machinery Erector
  • Machinery Mover
  • Marine Rigger
  • Millwright
  • Outside Rigger
  • Parachute Rigger
  • Rig Builder
  • Rig Manager
  • Rigger
  • Rigger Apprentice
  • Rigging Foreman
  • Rigging Supervisor
  • Ship Rigger
  • Ship Rigger Apprentice
  • Slinger
  • Stage Rigger
  • Theatrical Rigger
  • Wire Rigger
  • Yacht Rigger
  • Yard Rigger


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials.
  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability.
  • Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools.
  • Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules.
  • Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment.
  • Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques.
  • Align, level, and anchor machinery.
  • Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools.
  • Manipulate rigging lines, hoists, and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets.
  • Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps.
  • Dismantle and store rigging equipment after use.
  • Install ground rigging for yarding lines, attaching chokers to logs and to the lines.
  • Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Allen wrench sets
  • Beam type torque wrenches
  • Chain hoists
  • Channellock pliers
  • Dial caliper gauges
  • Electric winches
  • Electronic levels
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Floor drill presses
  • Gear pullers
  • Gin poles
  • Grease dispensers
  • Hacksaws
  • Hole cutters
  • Hot knives
  • Lifting jacks
  • Load moving skates
  • Marlinspikes
  • Metal punches
  • Moving dollies
  • Multipurpose hammers
  • Oxyacetylene torches
  • Pallet pullers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Power wrenches
  • Precision needle files
  • Precision reamers
  • Pressure monitors
  • Pry bars
  • Ratchet sets
  • Rigging vises
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Steel banding tools
  • Steel sledge hammers
  • Threading dies
  • Threading taps
  • Utility knives
  • Welding torches
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990