Riggers are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities. They are responsible for the set up, repair and maintenance of rigging equipment for construction projects, and to support personnel in gaining access to difficult to reach areas during construction, operations, maintenance or cleaning tasks.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Attaches loads to rigging equipment to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools
  • Attaches pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures using bolts and clamps
  • Controls the movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using specialist rigging equipment
  • Dismantles and stores rigging equipment after use
  • Fabricates, sets up, and repairs rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools
  • Selects appropriate equipment such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules
  • Signals or verbally directs personnel engaged in hoisting and moving loads, in order to ensure safety of workers and materials
  • Tests rigging equipment to ensure safety and reliability and maintains rigging equipment in a safe and usable condition, and in line with rigging regulations
  • Removes any items of rigging equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Riggers form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Riggers are found in a variety of organisations including major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors, Construction and Fabrication Specialists, service companies and equipment suppliers. They may be based onshore in a workshop or a construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weathers. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Access and Rigging Operations
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • General experience in manual labouring Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

  • NVQ Level 3 In Access and Rigging Operations
  • Construction Skills
  • Offshore experience
  • General labourer experience