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Career and Education Opportunities for Riggers

In general, riggers set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Rigger career.


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Rigger video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Riggers decide on gear such as cables and winches, in line with load weights and sizes and work schedules. They also attach loads to rigging to furnish support or ready them for moving, using hand and power tools. Equally important, riggers have to tilt and turn suspended loads to maneuver over and/or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques. They are often called upon to control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls and other equipment. They are expected to test rigging to insure safety and reliability. Finally, riggers manipulate rigging lines and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment or theatrical sets.

Every day, riggers are expected to be able to visualize how things come together and can be organized. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they judge how far and close objects are from one another and themselves.