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Rigger 1st Class

Rigger 1st Class Essential Roles and Responsibilities: Plan, layout, assemble, and repair complex weight handling gear and various standing and running rigging Inspect fabricate, replace and turn standing rigging such as slings, tackle, and ladders using hand and power tools Move ship engines, generators, turbines, pumps, boilers, and more. Install and inspect beam clamps, pad eyes, gallows frames and other supporting structure for rigging gear Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools. Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques Align, level, and anchor machinery Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools Manipulate rigging lines, hoist, and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps Dismantle and store rigging equipment after use Install ground rigging for yarding lines, attaching choker to logs and to the lines Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent/Technical training preferred Demonstrate a background in rigging fundamentals and safety, preferably within the marine and/or shipyard Minimum of (5) years practical rigging experience preferred Minimum of (5) years of shipboard rigging experience Knowledge of and ability to use equipment, hand tools, and instruments associated with the rigging trade Able to figure out rigging routes to remove items to be rigged Knowledge of various weight test/ must be able to estimate weights of objects to be rigged Ability to interpret instructions and specifications Must have technical capacity Be able to communicate proficiently Be competent in problem solving and analyzing Must take initiative, be driven and thorough

Category: Rigger

NOTE: The following description is a GENERAL Overview of this career and not a description of a particular job posting.

Shipyard Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects. They use weight handling equipment such as fork trucks, cranes, wire ropes (all types), end fittings, slings, winches, chain falls, boat slings, boat davits, and horizontal and verticals pad-eyes. The experienced Rigger will normally be able to perform all the following tasks: examine objects to be moved, estimate their size, shape and weight and decide on the type of equipment necessary; erect a temporary jib or derrick if required, and install cables, pulleys and other tackle; choose or make slinging equipment and attach it to the load; erect cranes and mobile crane booms, increase the height of tower cranes by bolting component parts in place, and rigging cables; splice ropes and cables to make slings and tackle; erect structural steel for buildings under construction; erect panels used on facades; and inspect, maintain and repair equipment of trade.
A career as a rigger typically requires a high school diploma, and anywhere from a few months to one year of experience working with the required tools and skills, particularly in a marine environment. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually required.