Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects.
To become a rigger you usually have to obtain a licence to perform high risk work. To gain a licence, you will need to complete units of competency at an approved Registered Training Organisation and work under the supervision of a licensed operator. You will also need to keep an approved logbook to record competencies achieved during training. Assessment by an accredited assessor will then be required. The High Risk Work Licence is issued under the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work. You can also become a rigger through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Rigging. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Riggers may perform the following tasks:
Riggers mainly work outdoors on construction sites, but can also work on ships, in factories and mines, and in the entertainment industry completing tasks such as setting up stages.
Riggers are usually employed by building and construction firms, building industry subcontractors and contract-labour hire firms. Mobility between associated occupations such as crane driver and scaffolder is possible, provided the relevant licence to Perform High Risk Work is obtained. Due to the greater earnings available, some riggers undertake crane driving during periods of high building activity.
A dockside rigger splices and braids rope and wire to manufacture a range of safety products such as cable stockings and hose restraints for high pressure hoses and pipes; embarkation ladders and gangway nets; and cargo and safety nets for lifting cargo to and from ships. They also work on site, assembling and installing rigging equipment in shipyards and dockside loading facilities.