Riggers can be seen in large building sites across New Zealand, using complex rigging systems to transport large items into place. It’s a highly skilled job that plays a vital role in making sure buildings and structures are constructed safely and smoothly.
As a rigging trainee, you’ll learn all the skills you need on the job. Once you’re a fully qualified rigger, you can get further training to enter more specialised rigging roles and take your career to new places.
A highly technical industry full of challenges and opportunities, rigging allows you to play a direct role in keeping New Zealand’s building sector humming
Riggers are responsible for safely setting up and controlling the movement of loads, which are usually suspended, over distance. You will operate a variety of hoisting devices and rigging equipment. It’s a great career choice if you enjoy working at heights.
On any given day, you could be:
To become a fully qualified rigger, you will first need to find employment with a rigging company that will train you up. You will gain nationally recognised training in rigging.
After you get your Level 3 certificate, you can do further study and get qualified to Level 5. This will allow you to do more advanced, specialised rigging jobs, opening up your career opportunities.
As you become more experienced, you’ll be able to progress to higher-level roles, such as foreperson or supervisor.
Riggers need a special set of skills. You'll learn all the technical bits in your training, but for starters, you'll need to be:
As a rigging trainee, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified rigger.
During your training, you'll learn the skills you need to become a rigger in two ways:
A supervisor at your company will support you to check you are working correctly and safely.
3 - 5 years
The nationwide construction boom means there is a high demand for skilled riggers.
Tradies are busy people! Your employer will appreciate having another tradie on board to help out with their list of jobs.
A fresh pair of eyes can really help any business. Your unique attitudes and skills will help expand your employer’s ways of thinking and working
As your employer trains you up, they’ll stay on top of the latest standards, keeping their business up-to-date with a changing industry
You’re part of the “next generation” of tradies, making sure New Zealand continues to have a highly skilled trades workforce, well into the future
Like any job, there are some basic skills that are very handy to have before you start as a rigger. These include:
Showing you already have these skills can make a good first impression on potential employers and help you get the job.
But don’t worry if you haven’t mastered all of these yet – most employers will be happy to train you up on any gaps you have.
Your CV is probably the most important document in your search for an employer and a job. Make sure you write a CV that showcases your best skills and grabs the employer’s attention. Here are some tips for a winning CV:
Right, you’ve got your CV sorted – now it’s time to find an employer who will offer you a job.
If you think about it, there are heaps of places you can look. Here are some suggestions:
If an employer has said they’re interested in talking to you – well done! Now’s your real chance to impress.
Remember that even the most casual, laid-back trades company is still a business. That means you have to act professional and make a strong first impression if you want the job.
If you have limited experience talking to business owners and managers, here are some quick tips to impress them:
Be polite and professional. Remember, you could potentially be talking to someone who could be your boss for the next few years. No matter what you talk about, stay polite and act professional at all times.