What does a rigger do?

A rigger’s job is indispensable, particularly in industrial and large commercial or residential construction projects. They erect and extend cranes; install cable and pulley systems; and assemble booms, jibs and derricks used for lifting. They are qualified to operate the rigging gear used to transport, install or reposition heavy loads such as construction equipment, structural steel and concrete slabs. 

Tasks:

  • Assembling scaffolding on the exterior of buildings
  • Repositioning heavy equipment
  • Disassembling rigging and scaffolding at the end of a project
  • Using apparatus to position and reinforce scaffolding

What skills do I need to be a rigger?

A rigger needs physical agility and strength to assemble, reinforce, and disassemble heavy components of the structures they work with. They must be able to accurately estimate the load-bearing capabilities of their equipment and the size, weight and shape of the objects they are moving.  They need keen decision-making abilities and good judgement to ensure the safety of people on the construction site.

Skills/attributes
  • Ability to manipulate dials, switches, and gauges
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Physical strength and agility
  • Excellent decision making abilities and good judgement
  • Active listening skills and spatial awareness

Specialisations

Riggers primarily work outdoors on construction sites, but can specialise their skills for working in shipyards, docks, mines, factories or the entertainment industry.

Dockside Rigger

A dockside rigger manufactures a range of safety products through the splicing and braiding of rope and wire. Their output includes hose restraints for high pressure hoses and pipes; all manner of safety and cargo netting; and other items such as embarkation ladders. Their job may also include assembling and installing this rigging equipment in situ.

Scaffolder

Scaffolders work closely with riggers to erect and dismantle scaffolding. They fit the steel pipes, clamps, and bases to create foundations for these structures. Their work requires a strong attention to detail to ensure a safe working environment.

Steel fixer

A steel fixer can work both off-site and on-sit. Their job is reinforcing the concrete slabs used in large construction projects with steel bars or mesh to improve the strength and stability of concrete structures. The role they perform on-site is to ensure the pre-prepared steel bars or mesh is installed correctly at the job site to allow concrete to be poured, or to install prefabricated slabs.

Study pathways for riggers

Begin your career in construction today by joining an accredited training provider to work as a rigger or scaffolder.

Getting Started

Start gaining important construction skills with a recognised qualification.

Skill Building

Develop your knowledge base and pursue targeted training options.

Professional Development

Build on your training to take your career in the right direction.

Industry Recognition

Riggers must apply for relevant licencing within their state in order to meet building code requirements.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your rigging career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

The construction industry is currently experiencing a boom, with some growth over the next five years projected for structural steel construction workers, including riggers.