Rigging (9)

  1. A Good Rigger's Skill Set
  2. A Rigger's Values
  3. Becoming a Rigger
  4. Qualifications & Licensing
  5. Rigging Associations
  6. Salary Profile of a Rigger
  7. What a Rigger Does
  8. What a Successful Rigger Knows
  9. What is a Rigger?

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  1. House Movers Depend on Heavy Load Moving Equipment
  2. Keeping Up with Federal Regulations
  3. Keeping Your Small Rigging Business Afloat - Part 1
  4. Keeping Your Small Rigging Business Afloat - Part 2
  5. Specialized Insurance
  6. Successfully Completing a Rigger Job Application
  7. Tips for Choosing a Rigger

Trends (4)

  1. Becoming an API Qualified Rigger
  2. Helicopter Rigging & Lifts
  3. Market Opportunity? Bakken Formation
  4. Understanding Rigging Design Factors

Safety (10)

  1. Critical Lift
  2. Estimating the Capacity of Chains & Hooks
  3. Evaluating Your Load's Weight
  4. Lifting People Safely
  5. Non-Critical Lift
  6. Rigging in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster
  7. The Dangers of Shock Forces
  8. The Problem of Moving a Load with 4 Skates
  9. Who Sets the Standards for Safety?
  10. Why Does a Rigger Need Insurance?

How it Works(13)

  1. Center of Gravity
  2. Chain Slings
  3. Gravity & Rigging
  4. Hand Signals
  5. How It Works: Mobile Cranes
  6. How It Works: Stationary Cranes
  7. Lift Planning
  8. Nylon for Slings
  9. Rotational Resistant Wire Rope
  10. Spreader Bars
  11. Synthetic Rope
  12. Understanding Hydraulic Cylinders Part 1 - Single & Double Acting
  13. Which Sling is Right for the Job?

A Rigger's Values

Rigger Occupational Profile Part 5 – Styles, Interests, and Values

Many years ago a preeminent vocational psychologist by the name John Holland developed a theory of vocational choice that proposed that workers have basic interests that fit six general occupational themes.† He theorized that all occupations could be analyzed by these themes. The themes are:


The amount of each of Holland's six themes that comprise a given craft can be represented by a circle graph. One such graph for a Rigger might appear as:

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The graph shows that the Artistic, Social, and Enterprising themes really do not constitute a large portion of the Rigger's work style or interests. Briefly, these deal with creative, teaching, and selling activities of occupations. On the other hand, let's look at the themes of Realistic, Conventional, and Investigative in detail and understand why these themes accurately explain a Rigger's work style, his interests, and his values.

Because they have good physical skills, like to work outdoors, and like to work with tools and machines, Riggers land in Holland's Realistic theme. Also, Riggers prefer to work with objects as opposed to working with people or abstract ideas; this is included in Holland's Realistic theme as well. Continuing, workers who have Realistic theme interests enjoy creating things with their hands and prefer tasks that involve a mechanical focus.

Holland's Conventional theme describes Riggers because they prefer to know exactly what is expected of them and they dislike unclear situations. Additionally, Riggers are best suited to well-defined assignments and prefer following established work procedures, both attributes falling into Holland's Conventional theme. Riggers are dependable. Tools, materials, and the loads manipulated are valued.

Riggers have some of the Investigative theme interests and traits in that they tend to be task oriented and enjoy solving problems. They have a need to understand the physical world and do not mind thinking through a problem rather than physically attempting to resolve it. Riggers can be creative and original.

†Holland, J. L., Making vocational choices: A theory of careers, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1973