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.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Structural Steel Construction Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Construction Riggers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 52 hours per week in their main job. This is 8 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Construction Riggers work in the Construction industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Construction Riggers||All Jobs Average|
Around 48% of Construction Riggers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Construction Riggers is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Construction Riggers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Construction Rigger. Although some workers have a certificate III in rigging.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Construction Riggers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||20.4||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
39%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
39%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Talking to others.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Reading work related information.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
63%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
58%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
55%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
55%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
45%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
43%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
42%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
41%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
37%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
36%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
32%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
See details that are far away.
Communicate by speaking.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
67%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
67%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
61%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
53%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
52%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
51%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
45%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
44%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
44%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
43%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
42%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
39%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
36%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
35%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
34%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
31%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
31%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
29%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
28%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
94%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
91%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
89%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
88%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
88%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
87%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
87%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
83%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Talk on the telephone.
82%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
81%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Work to strict deadlines.
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