Rigger 1st Class

06 September 2023

REQ #: 12869

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, layout, assemble, and repair complex weight handling gear and various standing and running rigging
  • Inspect fabricate, replace, and turn standing rigging such as slings, tackle, and ladders using hand and power tools
  • Move ship engines, generators, turbines, pumps, boilers, and more
  • Install and inspect beam clamps, pad eyes, gallows frames and other supporting structure for rigging gear
  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials
  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability
  • Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools
  • Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules
  • Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment
  • Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques
  • Align, level, and anchor machinery
  • Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools
  • Manipulate rigging lines, hoist, and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets
  • Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps
  • Dismantle and store rigging equipment after use
  • Install ground rigging for yarding lines, attaching choker to logs and to the lines
  • Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts


  • High School Diploma or equivalent (technical training preferred)
  • Demonstrate a background in rigging fundamentals and safety, preferably within the marine and/or shipyard
  • Minimum 7 years practical rigging experience preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of shipboard rigging experience preferred
  • Knowledge of and ability to use equipment, hand tools, and instruments associated with the rigging trade
  • Able to figure out rigging routes to remove items to be rigged
  • Knowledge of various weight test/ must be able to estimate weights of objects to be rigged
  • Ability to interpret instructions and specifications
  • Previous shipyard experience preferred
  • Must have technical capacity
  • Communicate proficiently
  • Competent in problem solving and analyzing

Primary work location is 99 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

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