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Rigger III

Department: MRG
Location: Portsmouth, VA

Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. is currently seeking a full time Rigger III in Portsmouth, VA.

Summary: This position includes the rigging of structures and equipment to and from shipboard locations and off-ship landing sites and/or conveyances safely without endangerment of personnel or equipment. Additionally, rigging equipment and structures between lay-down areas and industrial shop locations is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Able to work in manufacturing and construction industries, where heavy machinery and materials are often used. As such, they work around heavy machinery outdoors and in industrial settings and report directly to a shift lead or manager
  • Extensive knowledge of Below-the-Hook rigging gear and able to remove, place and reposition material and/or equipment throughout confined spaces and passageways through ships and building areas utilizing chain hoist and other rigging equipment.
  • Accurately able to make load routing judgements by considering size and locations of objects utilizing available overhead and surrounding structures and surface conditions.
  • Able to judge and drift objects/equipment utilizing multiple chain hoist and/or cranes to permit maneuvering loads around obstacles with proper sized rigging gear.
  • Experience in rigging of equipment but not limited to engine room work, pumps/motors, valves, electronic equipment, steel and flight deck safety net related work. Experienced in Load Testing of various pieces of equipment is also to be expected of this position.
  • Forklift experience with extendable boom and straight mast
  • Other duties as directed.


  • High diploma/equivalent/Apprenticeship Diploma/additional vocational courses or technical school graduate; and/or military and/or civilian experience with marine mechanical systems in a repair department or shipyard.
  • Qualified Rigger- must possess a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or otherwise have extensive (and verifiable) knowledge, training, and experience. They must demonstrate their ability to find and execute solutions to problems involving rigging loads.
  • Qualified Signalperson; knows and understands the type of signals used at the worksite, is competent in using these signals and understands the operations and limitations of the equipment, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads. Knows and understands the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified in OSHA Requirements as specified in subpart CC (1926.1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428). Passes an oral or written test and a practical test.
  • Must be able to obtain Naval Base access (DBID’s, background check)
  • Must be able to calculate and understand units of measure
  • Must be able to wear appropriate (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience.
  • Has knowledge of the trade qualifications Rigging and also performs as level I Outside Machinist.
  • Must be able to understand and perform the basic set up, alignment, and operation of various portable tools and hand tools used in the trade.
  • Has working knowledge of shipboard mechanical systems (repair/installation practices, procedures, alignments and troubleshooting).
  • Ability to use such precision measuring instruments as height gauges, depth gauges, calipers, verniers, lay-out tools, tachometers, thermometers, vibration indicators
  • Possesses the ability to accurately record readings and measurements as well as complete documentation, repair, and testing of equipment. Will assist in rigging evolutions when necessary.
  • Communicates effectively
  • Works independently or in a group.
  • Possess basic knowledge of vessel compartments, number systems and related vessel compartments and who are safety-oriented and dedicated to doing their job as efficiently as possible are good fits for this role.
  • Possess a Valid Divers License
  • Ability to work overtime or night shifts depending on the amount of work needs.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend English.
  • Ability to obtain access to military and government installations worldwide.
  • Ability to travel 30%.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5+ years related rigging experience
  • Crane rigging, de-rigging and assembly is a plus

ADA Notification:

  • Involves heavy lifting up to 50 pounds, frequent stooping, bending, crawling, reaching and possible working assignments in overhead structures, confined spaces or beneath machinery either indoors or outdoors in noisy conditions.

Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries are proud to be Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veterans.

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