Running Rigger

Splice wires and nylon ropes to fabricate items.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Running Riggers do?

Splices wire and nylon rope to fabricate items, such as halyards, outhaul assemblies, reef lines, lazy jacks, and lifelines: Selects size and type of rope specified on work order and pulls rope through length meter to measure rope. Wraps masking tape around rope to mark points where rope is to be spliced and cuts rope, using soldering iron with rope cutting attachment. Wraps nylon thread around ends of rope or burns end of rope, using soldering iron, to seize ends and prevent fraying. Pushes marlinspike through rope to separate strands and passes fid through casing of rope to interweave strands and splice ropes to join unlike ropes into one continuous length or to form eyes for attaching hardware. Coils rope and ties end of rope around center of coil to secure rope for storage or transport. Threads lifeline rope through stanchions on boat decks and splices shackle to end of rope to install lifelines.


Should I be a Running Rigger?

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

  • Also known as: Runner Man

    How to become a Running Rigger

    Running 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 Running Rigger-related education!
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