Construction Riggers assemble and install rigging gear, such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches, to lift, lower, move and position equipment, structural steel, and other heavy objects.

    You can work as a Construction Rigger without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in rigging might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Erects lifting tackles by attaching pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures, and installs cables and attaches counterweights.
    • Attaches slinging gear to hoisting equipment and objects to be moved using clamps, hooks, bolts and knots.
    • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
    • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
    • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clears, lays planks and hangs safety nets.

    More about Structural Steel Construction Workers

    All Structural Steel Construction Workers

    • $2,100 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Construction Riggers

    • 6,900 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 52 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Construction Riggers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 7,000 in 2011 to 6,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Construction Riggers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Mining; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 52 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction60.9
    Mining8.2
    Manufacturing6.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.9
    Other Industries18.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateConstruction RiggersAll Jobs Average
    NSW21.431.6
    VIC21.025.6
    QLD22.820.0
    SA4.87.0
    WA25.210.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT3.51.0
    ACT0.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketConstruction RiggersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.7-5.05.0
    20-245.8-9.39.3
    25-3431.9-22.922.9
    35-4429.1-22.022.0
    45-5421.8-21.621.6
    55-596.6-9.09.0
    60-642.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationConstruction RiggersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV45.4-21.121.1
    Year 1219.5-18.118.1
    Year 117.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below20.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Construction Rigger without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in rigging might be helpful.

    Membership with The Crane Industry Council of Australia may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • gas testing and/or basic fire tickets
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket
    • high risk work licence
    • forklift licence
    • national police check
    • drug and alcohol test

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      74% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Education and Training

      63% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Design

      58% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Building and Construction

      58% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    5. Mathematics

      58% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Frequency of Decision Making

      93% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9096.00 - Riggers.

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