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49-9096.00 - Riggers

Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.

Sample of reported job titles: Gantry Rigger, Hand Rigger, Heavy Lift Rigger, Machinery Erector, Machinery Mover, Marine Rigger, Rigger, Rigging Foreman, Rigging Supervisor, Ship Rigger

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align, level, and anchor machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manipulate rigging lines, hoists, and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle and store rigging equipment after use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install ground rigging for yarding lines, attaching chokers to logs and to the lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Allen wrench — Allen wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Banders — Steel banding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial caliper gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dollies — Moving dollies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Floor drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gin pole and accessories — Gin poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Multipurpose hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Load moving skates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole saws — Hole cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Power wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Lifting jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Electronic levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Precision needle files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure gauge — Pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Gear pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Metal punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reamer — Precision reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Steel sledge hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Channellock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Splices or splice plates — Marlinspikes; Rigging vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Beam type torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Hot knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Welding torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Electric winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine types of equipment, tools, or materials needed for jobs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach rigging to objects so they can be moved. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 66% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 62% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 56% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 51% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 51% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 58% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 46% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 59% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 71% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 39% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 32% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 35% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 42% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 30% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 23% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 41% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 25% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
80   High school diploma or equivalent Help
9   Post-secondary certificate Help
7   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $19.99 hourly, $41,570 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 15,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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