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Rigger Jobs in New Zealand
What does a Rigger do?
What skills does a Rigger need to have?
Assembly and Preparation
Oil Riggers need to understand the mechanical and hydraulic systems involved with the drilling process. Competence in setting up the rig correctly is critical as it allows the oil to follow smoothly and at the recommended pressure. Irrespective of the industry, a great attention to detail is needed to complete this process.
Transfer of objects and equipment
Rigger job responsibilities
- Assemble and prepare rigging equipment such as pulleys, cables, ropes, braces and winches which are responsible for moving the heavy objects and equipment
- Communicate with crane operators using hand signals and radio equipment to guide them when moving the heavy objects and machinery
- Ensure the load is stable and well balanced
- Assemble support braces for temporary scaffolding
- Riggers in the oil industry are responsible for drilling rigs, the flow of the oil through the pipes and linking the pipes when the oil is transported to the tanker
- Conduct post-rigging inspections and store equipment at the completion of the assignment
- Adhere to Occupational, Health and Safety procedures
Skills and experience employers are looking for
- Clear and logical thinker
- Great attention to detail
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to set up pulleys, cables, ropes and other equipment to lift large and heavy objects
- An Oil Rigger needs to be able to manage hydraulic and mechanical systems for the drill, and monitor the flow and pressure of the oil moving through the pipes
Failure to safely move a load can be catastrophic. Therefore, is it critical for a Rigger to display a great attention to detail during the assembly process. Employers are looking for Riggers who have a genuine strength in assessing the weight the load, keeping it well balanced and planning safe execution. Safety is at the forefront of importance for a Rigger and every detail needs to be ticked off when it comes to preparing the transport of a heavy load or equipment.
What type of employers hire a Rigger?
Oil & Gas – Oil Riggers are responsible for setting up the rigging equipment and connecting parts to fixed structures such as a drilling rig. The Rigger manages the process from digging to the movement of oil through pipes into a tanker.
Resources & Mining – Riggers who work in mines will be responsible for navigating heavy loads and equipment through confined spaces, but also will set up scaffolding and other rigging equipment to transport the heavy machinery which is used in mining.
Commercial – There is a wide range of Rigging roles for the construction and removal of temporary structures. This could include large scale events in parks or showgrounds. Similarly, a Rigger could work on a film set with the responsibility of moving props, changing sets or other structures in a studio.
- Certificate III in Rigging
- Construction White Card
- Forklift Licence
- Work Safety At Heights Ticket
- Confined Spaces Ticket
- Driver’s licence
How to become a Rigger in New Zealand
- Complete a Certificate III in Rigging and obtain your white card to work in the construction industry.
- On the job training and hands-on experience. This includes rigging fundamentals but it is intangible skills such as sound communication, special awareness and good depth perception that are developed over time.
- Work on your core skills. Strong communication skills and possessing a great attention to detail are essential skills for a Rigger when it comes to job site safety and moving heavy equipment.
- High proficiency in Rigging tools.
- Attach any certificates you have obtained such as Work Safety at Heights if you are working in construction and Confined Spaces ticket if you choose to work in the mining industry.
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