How to Be a Rigger Man

Qualified riggers load containers onto trucks.
Qualified riggers load containers onto trucks. (Image: Felipe Dupouy/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A qualified rigger is permitted to operate cranes, hoists, forklift jacks and use rigging equipment for specific types of industrial heavy loads that must be moved from one place to another. Industrial settings and field conditions along with the construction of the materials being moved require special education to familiarize the rigger with specific aspects of the job. Corporations and technical schools provide paid or on-the-job rigger training for interested employees and students.

Go to work as a laborer for an industry that regularly uses a qualified rigger to move specialized heavy loads. Express your interest in the rigging projects for the industry and ask if you can work on these projects.

Participate in the necessary training and education for the rigging operations of your industry. Most employers offer on-the-job apprentice training to qualified employees. Tech schools offer industry-specific rigger training and courses. Get crane operator certification to use any cranes involved in the operation. Scholarships for rigger training are available through the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association. Gain experience as you use rigging equipment in the course of moving materials in school or for your employer.

Acquire the recognition as a qualified rigger from your employer or an accrediting rigger association by passing the tests, completing the demonstrations or finishing the required number of course hours of work or training to gain the title. Use your qualifications to continue working as a rigger for your employer, or start a rigging service of your own.

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