What are Rigging Jobs & Services & What Do They Do?

Rigging jobs are becoming more complex and in demand due to the rapid growth in mobile phone and internet use, the national broadband network rollout and frequent upgrades in technology. Telecommunications systems are continually needing to be installed, repaired and upgraded, with outdated equipment recovered.

Vision and sound appears on our screens faster and faster, with ever higher definition. Of course, while our devices may be wireless there is still a massive and complex hardware infrastructure getting the data to us, especially in vast and unevenly populated Australia. Telecommunications rigging services and projects install and maintain this infrastructure. That translates into lots of rigging jobs.

Telecommunications rigging is a specialised and dangerous part of information and communication infrastructure installation and maintenance, with working on poles, rooftops and towers necessitating specific “working at heights” training and rigorous workplace safety standards. rigging jobs

Job titles include:
– installer of radio telecommunications equipment on structures
– installer of radio structures, equipment and cabling on radio towers
– telecommunications rigger tradesperson
– telecommunications lines workers
– ‘telco riggers’


Certificate in Telecommunications Rigging

The Australian Government provides accredited Certificates in Telecommunications Rigging Installation, available through TAFEs and other institutes through both Government schemes and supported by specific companies such as Telstra. With this qualification you’ll be ready to work in rigging solutions and support on major projects [the basic Certificate II can also be followed with a Certificate III].

Rigging is a highly specialised area of the installation of telecommunication equipment on high structures including radio towers. An operator uses rigging skills to install and maintain radio antennas and build and mount sections of radio masts for a complete radio structure [https://training.gov.au/TrainingComponentFiles/ICT10/ICT20510_R1.pdf].

The National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work applies to persons performing dogging and rigging work, while the ACMA is the statutory authority for cabling and rigging. Some cabling and installation work is part of construction work, so you’ll need to get a White Card by completing the general induction training program.

Training focuses on work health and safety in a telecommunications rigging environment, as well as environmentally sustainable work practices. Course units include a working at heights course, using safe rigging practices to climb and perform rescues on telecommunications network structures and towers; how to install and test an internet protocol device in convergence networks; how to install satellite and terrestrial antennae.

You’ll also learn how to work with different types of cabling like fibre optic, coaxial, and metallic conductor cable. Riggers need to be proficient in identifying faults using ohmmeters, voltmeters, transmission measuring equipment and so on, and in adjusting, repairing and replacing faulty items.

Rigging Jobs

Certificates from rigging courses will qualify you as a telco rigger, but you will probably need to gain experience of Telstra, VHA, Optus and other networks’ specifications, while individual companies often have their own workplace safety protocol.

Skills they ask for include time management, communication skills, teamwork, plus facility with ropes: climbing and abseiling. Qualifications are a current Certificate in Rigging and Construction White Card described above, and:
– Working at heights certificate
– Qualification and experience with elevated work platforms [EWP] – Driver’s licence and first aid certificate

This brief summary should give you of an idea of what’s involved in rigging support work. It’s a booming area with lots of outdoor work and travel around the country and potentially overseas. So if you’re reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of heights, it’s well worth considering.

LaunchTS services include external rigging staff.

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