Learning Center for Riggers

oil-rig-icon.pngRiggers are the backbone of the oil industry, but it's not a trade you learn in school. Rigging is a hands-on business that is leanred in the field through on-the-job training. Formal apprenticeships are available for those who want to get paid while they learn a skilled trade. Come find out how you can get started in your career as a rigger. If you're already in the biz, we've got some great stuff for you too.

 pen-icon.png What is a Rigger? - The recent oil and gas boom and a resurgence in manufacturing have made jobs in the trades more attractive than ever. Employments is plentiful and salaries have never been higher. If you’ve heard that being a rigger is a good, paying job, you heard right. But what is a rigger, exactly?

pen-icon.png Becoming a Rigger - The trades are in high demand these days. Becoming a tradesmen means earning while learning on the job, with only a small amount of schooling involved. But if you really can’t stand being cooped up in the classroom, there is a trade that takes place 100% on the job: rigging. If becoming a rigger is something you’ve considered, here’s what you’ll need to do.

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  Crane Work: Rigging Techniques - Great safety video on how to use crane rigging safely and effectively.

pen-icon.png How Much Do Riggers Make? - When asking the question “How much do riggers make,: one must take into consideration several different factors. Rigging by definition is the task of inspecting, testing, repairing, and maintaining rigging. But that can entail all kinds of equipment in all kinds of industries in all kinds of places. How much you make as a rigger depends on who you are, where you are, and what you do.

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  Rigging Offshore - Ever wonder what it's like to be a rigger on an offshore platform? Now you can see what it's like first hand.

pen-icon.png 5 Necessary Job Skills for a Rigger - Being a skilled rigger means having skill sets well beyond basic rigging activities. In fact, being a successful rigger means not only having these skills but being able to employ them simultaneously at times. Here is a short list of related skills that help a rigger become successful.

pen-icon.png Becoming an API Qualified Rigger - The American Petroleum Institute publishes Recommended Practice 2D: Recommended Practice for Operation and Maintenance of Offshore Cranes. The publication contains sections on recommended training for qualified riggers. The following is a brief summary of recommended practices from the API. Be aware that while the practices are only recommendations, they are mandated in training for both the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and The US Coast Guard.

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  Rigging Anchors for Balanced Load  - This video presents two rules of thumb for achieving balanced load onto two anchor points.
It also uncovers some of the misconceptions relating to balancing load between two anchors points.

pen-icon.png Rigging Rope: Advantages & Disadvantages to Using Synthetics - Unlike string, thread, and line (which are single units of fiber material), rope is a combination of braided fibers which helps to increase strength. Rope can be made from natural fibers, steel, and in this case can be synthetic. Synthetic rope is more popular than ever these days because of its many advantages.

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  How to do Rigging and Slinging on an Offshore Rig - Working on an offshore rig is one of the staples of the rigging industry. This video helps teach you exactly what is and is not advisable when working on an offshore rig.

pen-icon.png Using Nylon for Rigging Slings - Nylon was first introduced back in 1938. Before that, man had to make due with natural fibers, which of course have their limitations. Nylon, a synthetic fiber, is preferred over natural fibers like hemp, cotton, and manila because it is twice as strong as a natural fiber like manila.

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  Crane Rigging Safety - Proper and safe rigging is crucial to operating a safe work site. Workers involved in rigging should be properly trained.

pen-icon.png Helicopter Rigging & Lifts - When you think about using helicopters for rigging and lifts, you must understand first that there are some places just inaccessible to other, ground-based forms of transportation. This is no different in the rigging industry than in anywhere else. Rigging is after all the moving and lifting of objects that if not for the use of specialized means could not be done so.

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RIGGING LEVEL 2 TRAINEE GUIDE     NCCER: Basic Rigger Trainee Guide     Rigging Fundamentals NCCER Trainee Guide     Bob's Overhead Crane & Rigging Handbook