it's hard work but you'll grow to love it
Rigger Mechanic Secound class (Former Employee) – Norfolk, VA – January 25, 2016
Have you ever walked up the side of a drydock. There are 5 flights of 16 steps to make it to the top. After the lay off, before this one, I found out what a 64 year old body won't do. You can't walk that set of stairs all at one try. For someone younger, it's a good carb burner. After you stop breathing hard it's pretty easy to go to your job site. You just grab the side rails of the down ladder place your heels on the steps one after the other until you get to the bottom. You keep doing that until you get to the engine room. This is done so you can inspect the job and decide what equipment you'll need to move the component. Then you come back up, select the gear you will use plus a little extra and get the gear down to the job site. If you are lucky as most riggers are the job will last more than 24 hours and depending on your work leader you may be able to leave the rigging gear at the job site, with a lock on it, of course. If not? Well you know what you have to do don't you? The best part of the job was looking at the finished job and all five fingers were still attached to your hand. The guys all worked together to get job done successfully and SAFELY.
The pay is great most of the guys are easy to work with
the politics can be debilitating, stay out of it.