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Marine - Industrial Rigging

Marine - Industrial Rigging

Learn how to fabricate, install, repair and inspect marine and industrial rigging.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
College Certificate
$8,358 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Seats available


Whether it's working on a heavy equipment jobsite or building complicated rigging systems for circuses or theatres, qualified riggers save lives every day and are a vital part of many industries in Nova Scotia. As a rigger, you are responsible for lifting and moving objects or loads with cranes, ropes, pulleys, chain hoists and other equipment. In this program, you develop the competencies, skills and knowledge you need to work in the rigging field by learning:

  • how to accurately assess the size and weight of heavy objects
  • the capacity of rigging devices and hoisting ropes, slings and other equipment
  • operating procedures for effective rigging, lifting and landing of heavy loads
  • hazardous factors associated with rigging operations and safe work practices
  • how to fabricate, inspect, install and repair rigging slings and lift equipment

With a solid foundation, you're prepared to secure employment as a rigger in a wide variety of industries, ranging from offshore oil rigs to entertainment rigging, to sales and inspection. Many graduates also offer their services as independent consultants.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level A
  • Forklift Awareness
  • Manlift Operation
  • Introduction to Lock out for federally regulated workplaces.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

With career opportunities worldwide, graduates have found employment in a variety of industries including:

  • offshore oil rigs
  • construction sites
  • consulting
  • inspection
  • sales
  • theatres and staging

Choose NSCC

  • The Marine Industrial Rigging program is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
  • This program has been developed with industry to meet an increasing demand for highly skilled riggers.
  • You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses designed to prepare you for employment.

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
MATH 1111   Essential Math for Trades
MIRG 7000   Safety Orientation for Marine and Industrial Rigging
MIRG 7079   Shielded Metal Arc Welding for Rigging
MIRG 7080   Fabrication
MIRG 7103   Work Experience
MIRG 7130   Rigging Practical I
MIRG 7131   Rigging Practical II
MIRG 7132   Rigging Theory
MIRG 7136   Basic Hydraulics
MIRG 7137   Trade Documentation
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1250   Trenching Hazard Awareness
SAFE 1270   Transportation of Dangerous Goods

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