Riggers use cables and ropes to set up devices for lifting heavy objects such as steel beams. They build towers platforms and scaffolding – all of which are necessary aspects of large construction projects. In addition they maintain and repair lifting devises and they make sure that all gear is working properly and in top-notch condition. Riggers work mainly in the construction and mining industries but they are also employed on ships and in shipyards. Also the entertainment industry has some projects that call for skills that only riggers are likely to have. Because of the nature of their jobs riggers must have physical strength and endurance. They must be constantly aware of safety issues because their jobs can be dangerous. They must feel comfortable working underground as well is in high-up places. Although not strictly required the majority of employers want riggers to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They need mathematics skills because they must be able to calculate the volume and weight of the objects that will be hoisted and make sure the device they set up will can safety bear that volume and weight. In addition they must have good reading comprehension and communication skills. According to www.ehow.com the route most individuals take to become riggers is to serve in a formal apprenticeship program that is sponsored by a local union during which time they work under the supervision of an experienced rigger. The median hourly wage for riggers is $17.27.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $35921
High Salary: $40921
Low Salary: $30921
Tasks: Operates construction equipment.
Uses machinery that lifts and hauls heavy materials.
Guides crane operators.
Sets up rigs for construction projects.
Also Called: High Rigger
Outside Rigger
Rig Builder
Loft Rigger
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5768843_riggers-job-description.html