Rigging Training Offshore
Rigging training requirements for offshore jobs are pretty basic. Most outfits like to see
someone who has finished high school, either with a diploma or a GED. The ability to do basic math, read plans,
and shop skills are also helpful. Since riggers communicate and give directions, having English and other
courses in communications are also desirable.
You can go straight to work after high school as a rigger's helper for land based operations, or as a roustabout
on the rigging crew for offshore operations. This is on the job rigging training, and really is the best training there is, though classroom
training programs can be very helpful as well.
Another option is to enter into a formal rigging apprenticeship program. These are offered in union shops and
outfits when more help is needed. If it is available in your area, a union apprenticeship program is really the way
to go, as union riggers generally receive higher pay and better benefits. The exception is for offshore riggers,
who, though not always unionized, tend to earn more than their land based counterparts.
Rigging apprenticeships, like other apprentice programs, usually last for 3 to 4 years. In addition to on the
job training, there will also be a minimum of two hundred and four classroom training hours a year.
Applying for Rigging Training Programs
- You should be a minimum of 18 years old
- You should have graduated from High School or earned a GED.
- You should be in good physical shape
- You should be clean from drugs and alcohol
What You Will Learn as a Rigging Trainee
Whether union, classroom, or on the job, rigging trainees will learn how to read blueprints, how to maintain and
safely use the tools of the trade, practical math skills for calculating loads and tolerances, welding, and
oxyacetaline torch use for cutting.
You will also learn the various types of cranes and their load bearing capacity, the various types of cables and
attachments, and the various techniques and equipment used to handle the different load types you may encounter
If you would like to enter a formal apprenticeship program, you should contact your local union office. They
will be listed in the phone book Yellow Pages under Labor Organizations; you can also find them online.
On the Job Training for Riggers Offshore
If you have any construction or laboring experience, you can go to work directly on the offshore rigs as a
roustabout and learn the rigging trade on the job.
Rigworker has a great reputation in the oil business as a great service for assisting
folks in getting hired for jobs that feature rigging training, such as maintenance roustabouts.
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