Parachute Rigger

Fold parachutes according to specifications and pack chutes in bag.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Parachute Riggers do?

Folds parachutes according to specifications and packs chutes in bag: Draws canopy of parachute from pack cover to its full length on surface of long bench. Straightens shrouds to eliminate coils or tangles. Folds canopy lengthwise on its seams, one segment over another. Loops each shroud and forces it into retaining clip of pack cover. Folds canopy in fanfold arrangement and places in pack cover. Places pilot chute over parachute canopy, forces spring flat with hands, and secures it in place with release devices, such as ripcord, barometric pressure release, electromechanical release, or explosive charge. Inspects canopy, shroud, buckles, and harness straps for damage or wear. Must be licensed by Federal Aviation Administration. May be designated Master Rigger when additionally qualified through experience to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

Should I be a Parachute Rigger?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Parachute-Harness Rigger

    How to become a Parachute Rigger

    Parachute Riggers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Parachute Rigger-related education!
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