A Good Riggers Skill Set

Many of the same attributes that make for successful businessmen, office workers, and professional practitioners like lawyers, doctors, and engineers also pertain to the successful Rigger. Attributes an employer seeks in an a good employee in any general occupational position are the same sought after in a good Rigger employee.

In addition to the already discussed specific and general knowledge and experience attributes, a successful Rigger will possess and demonstrate the following skills:

  • The facility to strictly control the operation of equipment and loads
  • The intelligence to make correct judgments and decisions
  • The competence to choose the appropriate alternative
  • The aptitude to give full attention to instructions and commands
  • The expertise to use logic and reasoning
  • The ingenuity to develop and implement solutions to rigging problems
  • The patience to endure possible periods of inactivity between picks

Added to these skills, the successful Rigger must also have many of the following abilities:

  • The capacity to visually see at close range, in other words, in detail
  • The capability to perceive depth of field and estimate distance
  • The competence to arrange rigging objects and actions in logical order ◦ The faculty to move and coordinate two or more body limbs simultaneously
  • The possession of manual dexterity to grasp, manipulate, and assemble rigging

Even beyond these skills and abilities, a successful Rigger will possess some or all of these traits:

  • A genuine curiosity and interest concerning rigging in general and each rigging project in particular
  • Embracement of a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction with the completion of each project
  • Maintenance of constant search for better ways to accomplish rigging tasks
  • Possession of long-term career goals in the rigging industry and a desire to improve rigging skills and abilities
  • Ability to be flexible with regard to work assignments and accept differing rigging tasks
  • Be truthful, ethical, and last but certainly not least, hard-working