The term “rigger” originated in the days of sailing ships, when sailors were responsible for hoisting and maintaining a complex system of sails and rigging.
In modern usage, it generally refers to someone who installs the equipment and prepares it for use. By the US definition of a legal worker, a rigger is “anyone who connects or disconnects lifting equipment or lifting devices.”
What does a rigger do?
There are several different categories of surveyors who work in various industries. In the military, riggers are responsible for maintaining and setting up things like parachutes or airdrop equipment. In the theater industry, riggers operate stage pieces, move props, and change production scenes. The riggers of the maritime industry are involved in the installation of the necessary equipment to keep the ship in operation: ropes, pulleys, winches and cables.
However, more commonly, the jobs are within heavy construction, often in the oil or mining industry. This type of rigger is also known as a drilling technician. There are various levels of drilling technicians in the oil industry, ranging from motorcyclists to riggers to drillers, depending on skill level and job tasks. Riggers in this industry are responsible for joining heavy machinery parts, connecting parts together, and anchoring parts to fixed structures with bolts and clamps. They also control and manage all movement of the machinery while it is running, and then take it apart when the job is done.
A rigger in the oil extraction industry generally works on drilling rigs. The rig equipment is used to drill a deep hole in the ground with the drill pipe. The rigger manages all aspects of the machinery used and supervises the operation of the platform. Your responsibility is to ensure that the oil is pumped to a safe level so that the pipes do not burst. When the oil is transported to a tanker, the rigger snaps together and joins all the pipes.
Some other specific job duties include:
maintenance of drilling rig motors and motors, including fluid systems
Management of hydraulic and mechanical systems for the entire drilling assembly.
Ensure proper fluid and fuel balance and ensure pressure is always kept at a safe level.
control and monitor the safe movement of heavy equipment
mobilize the platform by configuring it
knock down the platform when the job is done
making sure all safety regulations are followed
Heavy construction riggers also work with cranes and are responsible for installing all pulleys and cable systems that are used to move large and heavy objects. They must communicate with crane operators to guide them on moving objects and deposit them in the correct location. This may involve hand signals, radio operation, or other communication. Working in a mine may involve the installation of scaffolding and the assembly of equipment. Riggers are especially in demand during the shutdown and mobilization period, assisting with the safe disassembly of all equipment and ensuring that everything is safely reassembled when operation is resumed.
What is the workplace of a surveyor like?
Quantity surveyors work around the world in many places and travel is often part of the job. Platform work is often seasonal, with certain times of the year busier than others, and workers can work shifts 24 hours a day.
Riggers frequently work outdoors and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions in remote locations. Drilling rigs are noisy, dirty, and workers can be exposed to dangerous chemicals. Safety is paramount and the workplace will generally have precise and detailed safety rules that must be followed.