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Grips and riggers

OaSIS code 53111.05

Grips and riggers assist technical workers and perform other support duties related to broadcasting and the production of motion pictures and the performing arts.

Overview

Also known as

  • Lighting assistant
  • Stagehand

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Rig, place, move and dismantle sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment.

Additional information

  • There may be an overlap in duties among occupations in this unit group, depending on the size of the production or broadcasting studio.
  • Progression to related technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts is possible with additional training or experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (52119)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5311 – Photographers and support occupations in arts and culture

Unit group

53111 – Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

Occupational profile

53111.05 – Grips and riggers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Handling and Moving Objects
5 - Highest Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
5 - Highest Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
4 - High Level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Performing General Physical Activities
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
4 - More than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Motion picture and video production companies
  • Television stations and networks
  • Theatre and stage companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Depth Perception
5 - Highest Level
Gross Body Coordination
5 - Highest Level
Gross Body Equilibrium
5 - Highest Level
Glare Tolerance
4 - High Level
Multi-Limb Coordination
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Operation and Control
3 - Moderate Level
Preventative Maintenance
3 - Moderate Level
Repairing
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important