Top 3 Skills Needed to be a Good Rigger

November 23, 2021

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Muhjir Shajahan

Riggers work in a variety of climates and conditions. Having the required training is one aspect of the job but to be a successful rigger, one must have skills that training classes can’t quite teach. Just like in the interview process where the interviewer asks, “What are your strongest skills?” You’d expect a rigger to answer with the following traits:

1. Strong Communication

Projects are built upon communication. Riggers need to communicate with fellow colleagues as well as others involved in the construction process to ensure that everyone is on the same page. At any level of a project, communication is necessary. Therefore, a rigger must see themselves as an integral part of the process whether they’re the operator or the supervisor.  

2. Excellent Decision Making

When working with heavy machinery there will always be risk involved. That’s why superb decision making is critical. Riggers are expected to act quickly whenever something does go wrong. Identifying problems before they become issues is a key trait of a good rigger. Recognizing changes as they occur and acting accordingly is something that’s hard to teach but rather a personal skill that comes with determination and watchfulness.

3. Confidence With Equipment and a Willingness to Learn

As a rigger, you’ll be expected to use a variety of equipment. From operating vehicles on the way to a job to using a forklift, riggers wear many hats. During your training, you’ll learn how to move and handle heavy loads using a variety of equipment. Even the minimal certification level will teach a rigger how to operate hitches. A rigger with a strong willingness to learn will advance his or her skills by gaining further knowledge and training that allows that individual to complete tasks on their own.

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