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Riggers - 49-9096.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

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

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Flight Equipment Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Mineman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • NAMTS Rigger/Weight Tester (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Steelworker (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Rigger (Any Industry)
  • Rigger (Ship-Boat Manufacturing)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acrobatic Rigger
  • Gear Repairer
  • Grip
  • High Rigger
  • Rigger
  • Rigger Apprentice