With so many different jobs in mining and careers in mining out there, there’s alot of jobs that are for inexperienced workers and also jobs that are for workers who have more experience too with degrees and/or with a trade and sometimes there are jobs available that are for the person that just has the life work experience in that particular job role or field of expertise.
I thought I’d write about them here as I was an electrician in my younger working years and have an interest in most of the different other trades as well as I worked with and around them on job sites, most of my friends which I grew up with have different trades and jobs too, we were mainly in the paper mill industry (That’s right we were Paper Makers, not Origami) and now they/I work in different places all around the World with quite a few still settled in here in Australia in the mining industry too with more going out to work in remote areas throughout Australia.
The Rigger’s job around the mining sites plays very important role within the mining and gas industry here in Australia.
Here I’ll try and let you know, what they basically do and what you might do to get a job as a Rigger and how to get started in this job if you want to.
What does a Rigger do?
The Rigger’s job involves working on building and construction sites, often it is work at heights and outside, so they are exposed to the weather conditions a fair bit.
The job can be a wide variety of tasks depending on your area of specialty, also it can involve a wide array of machinery and equipment too.
A Rigger might perform tasks that are similar to;
- Examine objects that are to be moved, estimate their size, their shape and weight and decide on the type of equipment that is necessary to move them
- Erect a temporary jib or derrick if required and install cables, pulleys and other tackle needed for lifting and moving
- Ensuring that health and safety requirements are met at all times
- Splicing ropes and cables to make slings and tackle ready for lifts
- Erect cranes and mobile crane booms
- Choose slinging equipment and attach it to the loads ready for lifts
- Erect pre-cast concrete panels that are used on facades of new buildings
- Erect structural steel for buildings or plants that are under construction
- The inspection, maintenance and repair of equipment
What skills and experience you may need to get a Rigger job in the mines?
- Experience in a similar industry or job
- Be physically fit, safety conscious
- Sound literacy, maths and science at a minimum of Year 10
- Ability to work unsupervised and be self motivated
- Team player and ability to adapt to shift work and sometimes long hours
- Appropriate safety course qualifications
- Completed the traineeship or apprenticeship pathway for the job
- Existing skills, experience or other qualifications in the job
- Are willing to work away from home
- Good with your hands
- Enjoy outdoor, practical work
- Capable of working at heights and in confined spaces
- Ability to work at heights
- Working at heights ticket
- Certificate III in Rigging
- Certificates of Attainment are available for Basic Rigging, Intermediate Rigging and Advanced Rigging
Where the Rigger job may lead ::
- Movement into leading hand, supervising or management positions.
- Start your own business in Rigging
- Gain more job qualifications such as dogger or Crane Operator
Summary and where to look for Rigger jobs in Mining ::
So there you have it, a brief insight into what it takes to be a Rigger here in the Australian mining industry and probably around the world too, if you are looking for work or looking at a career in this job role you can look on any Australian Job’s website, there are many jobs in mining around at the moment in the mining industry and also in all the associated mining industries too, just type “Rigger jobs in mines Australia” or “Rigger jobs in mines Australia” into your chosen search engine.
If you are considering, or just about to start your career and want to get out and look for jobs in mining, you have to start somewhere, so go and get yourself pre qualified and do the inductions for your employment, pre vocational or pre apprenticeship training courses and your ready to go and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions of people who have already done this type of work or are currently doing this type of job too.
Whether you have your qualifications or not, you can call the companies that hire in these job roles and/or the mining companies and ask if they have positions or the best place to start as you are looking to begin your career in the mines, I remember ringing up for jobs when I was starting out, this was well before I started my trade and also after, by ringing the companies it shows a bit more get up and go on your behalf and that is a great tool in the current market, you never know what is ahead unless you put yourself out there and get amongst it, so make those calls and start your career as a Rigger in the mining industry.
If you like this list and are interested in mining you may also want to read Mining Towns in Australia
Or you can go back to the main page, Jobs in Mining