5 Things You’ll Learn with Rigging Training

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Do you often look at cranes, imagining yourself operating or directing them? Were you the type of kid who was always building towers out of blocks?

If you’re considering starting your construction career, our crane operator/rigger training course provides the ideal opportunity for you to learn and get your necessary certification for lifelong career opportunities.

When you’ve completed your rigging training, you’ll be the one in charge of directing cranes on the job site. This is a demanding job, but it’s also rewarding for the right person.

We’re a training school run by people who have been in the field for years, so our programs are designed to be useful and efficient for those who are looking to make construction a career for themselves. No nonsense, only the useful things you really need to know. And we provide plenty of time in the field, doing the sort of work you’ll actually be doing on the job.

Here are five of the many things you’ll learn in a rigging training program.

1. How to Use the Equipment

We have many different kinds of cranes on our training site, so you can practice and become familiar with multiple types. This gives you flexibility when you’re looking for a job. You’ll be a lot more employable because you know how to do more.

Best of all, we aim to give you as much individual practice time as possible. Unlike some other training programs, which have limited equipment and make you take turns with other students, we have small class sizes and plenty of machinery. This means you get plenty of time on the equipment and have as much experience as possible before you land your first job.

Some of the many skills you’ll learn include:

  • Setting up cranes
  • Using different attachments
  • Rigging and signaling
  • Different lifting techniques

This is one of the most obvious benefits of going to a good school to get certified. It’s difficult to practice operating cranes otherwise. And all this practice increases your employability.

2. Safety Skills

Construction is rewarding, but job sites can be dangerous. Did you know that the most commonly violated OSHA standard is fall protection? This, unfortunately, accounts for almost 40 percent of construction worker fatalities.

Injuries and fatalities are preventable, though, and that’s why we stress the importance of safety, incorporating it into all of our lessons. With proper training, you can prevent accidents and contribute to a safer workplace.

As a crane operator, one of the things you’ll learn early in our course is fall prevention while climbing towers and working from equipment with elevated cabs. Working from heights doesn’t have to be dangerous.

On top of preventing falls, you’ll also learn important safety procedures like:

  • Inspecting your equipment
  • Following official standards and regulations
  • Properly setting up cranes
  • Following proper operating methods
  • Understanding load charts to know the amount of work a crane can do safely

You’ll learn how to operate equipment safely under the guidance of your instructors, who are experienced in their fields and understand how to keep everyone in a job site safe. They’re wonderful resources if you need advice along the way.

3. How a Job Site Actually Operates

We pride ourselves in offering the most practical training possible. At least half of your course is held in our training field. This mimics a real job site, which we believe is important so you can get a feel for your future work environment. It’s more controlled than an actual job site, and your instructors will never be far away if you have any questions or need advice on what to do.

You’ll also be able to practice your job site communication skills, which is especially important as a rigger or a signalperson. Not only do you have to be aware of your own actions, but you also have to work with others and communicate clearly in order to get the job done efficiently.

What separates us from our competition is how our programs keep your future in mind. We know your career won’t involve you sitting in a classroom reading from a book. So we maximize your time in the field to give you the skills to be successful in every situation.

You’ll learn from people with decades of experience. You’ll get hands-on training so you’ll go into your first construction job feeling comfortable with the machines and like you know what you’re doing. Employers know that hiring our graduates is a benefit to them because of how much experience West Coast Training gives before students graduate.

4. The Big Picture

We know there’s more to being a rigger than simply directing a crane.

The best in the industry see the big picture, and that means getting a well-rounded education from the start. Our classroom portions provide you with all the information you need to know. On top of equipment operation, our programs will teach you things like:

  • Relevant math and engineering skills
  • Planning and project layout
  • Use of tools like levels

5. More Than Just Rigging

When you pass your written and practical exams at the end of your program, you’ll receive NCCCO Rigger Level 1 certification and NCCCO Signalperson certification. These are both certifications that employers look for when hiring riggers.

On top of these, you’ll also able to obtain eight other official certifications for crane operation. This will give you a lot of flexibility when looking for a job. It’s good to have more than one skillset, even if your goal is to become a rigger.

West Coast Training wants you to get that job, not just graduate from our program. That’s why we also provide you with resources to improve your interview skills and your resume. It’s not just about passing your training. It’s about how well you present yourself to a potential employer.

Interviewing is another skill you can practice and perfect. Our staff can give you advice and help you practice until you’re confident you are going to nail that interview for your dream job.

Similarly, you can also learn ways to make your resume shine. Even if you’re a very qualified candidate, a lackluster resume can make hiring managers put your name in the “no” pile. But you have those skills and abilities, and by learning to craft and refine your resume, you have a better chance of getting those interviews and landing that job.

We’re proud to offer these services to our students, as well as to graduates of our programs. We want you to succeed during your training, but more importantly, we want you to have a successful career out in the real world.

We know you need to learn many different skills to have a successful career, which is why we give you a full range of training within our programs. The best rigging training programs give you skills that will last a lifetime and help you advance your career, not just get a job.