On a daily basis, Riggers Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials. They Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability.
1 of the main responsibilities as A Rigger is to Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools.
Some may also Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules.
In a normal work day, another thing that Riggers do is they Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment.
In addition to that, they Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques..
A typical day for A Rigger look like this:
Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
Attach rigging to objects so they can be moved.
We asked some Riggers a few questions to find out what else does their work day look like. Here is what we found.
Do you have telephone conversations everyday in this job?
67% said yes
Do you have to use email everyday in this job?
1% said yes
How important is it to work in a team in this job?
46% said very important
Do you have group discussions everyday in this job?
76% said yes
Do you have to meet strict deadlines everyday in this job?
31% said yes
Do you talk or work with customers everyday in this job?
17% said yes
Do you have to deal with angry customers everyday in this job?
9% said yes
Do you have to make decisions everyday in this job?
81% said yes
Besides the “typical day” things that Riggers do, they Align, level, and anchor machinery. They might also Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts.
A typical week or month for them might include:
Align equipment or machinery.
Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
More than 40 hours per week
Irregular (Changes with weather conditions, production demands or contract duration)
In a typical work week as A Rigger, you can expect to work More than 40 hours per week.
Do Riggers work in an office-style work environment?
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Do Riggers work in a warehouse-style work environment?
You will like this career if you are someone who likes work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the careers require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
You also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.
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