Use cranes, winches and pulleys to move materials and build structures.
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What's it like to be a Rigger?

Riggers move heavy materials and equipment around worksites using rigging gear such as pulleys, cranes and winches. They assemble temporary structures like scaffolding on construction sites and move and assemble pre–cast facades and panels on buildings under construction.

Tasks and duties

  • Estimating the size and weight of objects to be moved and deciding on appropriate equipment to be used.
  • Erecting cranes, mobile crane booms and adjusting the height of tower cranes.
  • Lifting, positioning and bolting components to build up scaffolding.
  • Attaching sling equipment to load to be lifted.
  • Following workplace Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) procedures.
  • Installing and operating cables, ropes, pulleys, winches and other lifting tackle.
  • Inspecting, maintaining and repairing equipment.
  • Lifting and erecting prefabricated panels made of steel, glass or concrete.
  • Erecting structural steel on buildings under construction.
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Riggers enjoy practical work and working outdoors in a team environment. They are physically fit and safety conscious, and are usually employed in the construction, mining, shipbuilding and manufacturing industries.

How to become a Rigger

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To become a Rigger, you usually need to complete a Certificate III in Rigging (CPC30720). You may need to gain additional licences to perform certain tasks.

  1. Gain a Construction Induction Card (White Card) by completing a short course with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
  2. Complete a Certificate III in Rigging (CPC30720). This can be completed as part of a traineeship, or through part–time study over 1–2 years.
  3. Consider gaining additional licences that will enable you to perform certain tasks on a job site. This could include a Working at Heights licence, Working in Confined Spaces licence, High-Risk Work licence and/or Forklift Licence. These can usually be attained by completing short courses with an RTO.
  4. Complete police checks and drug and alcohol testing where necessary.

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Latest Rigger reviews

Latest reviews from 25 Riggers surveyed on SEEK.

Aug 2019
Rigging and cranes! I like to say to people “I maybe dumb but I can lift heavy things”
Reviewer's Qualification
Cranes open and advanced rigging
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Cranes and rigging
The good things
I am really lucky to have the job I do. Been doing it ever since I left high school. Best thing about rigging is there is always room for progression and you learn something new every day. It’s also t...
The challenges
Being humble pays, a lot of egos in this industry but if you don’t let them get to you, and run your own race it is definitely noticeable by the powers to be and makes you more employable.
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Aug 2019
Rigging is a great job for those who enjoy hard work but are compensated financially
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Rigging
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The money is great, and you get a great sense of achievement when in construction and can stand back at the end of the day and see what you’ve built or been apart of building. Most of the people you e...
The challenges
Long hours! Although with long hours comes great pay it can be a huge challenge not only physically but mentally being away from your loved ones.
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