The Parachute Rigger is a specialist who performs a wide range of technical functions on parachutes and aerial delivery equipment. These functions can include inspection, repack, repair, modification, malfunction analysis, sentencing, procurement and fleet management of parachutes and aerial delivery equipment. The Parachute Rigger supervises or packs and repairs cargo and personnel parachutes, and rigs equipment and supply containers for airdrop. They are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing. The Parachute Rigger rigs supplies, equipment, and vehicles for airdrop.
Riggers are critical to parachute operations. Every parachute packed, repaired and maintained by a Parachute Rigger could affect the safety of others indirectly in the cargo packing role. Failure to observe the correct technical and safety procedures for maintaining parachutes and aerial delivery equipment may result in significant loss of aircraft, supplies or other expensive equipment or resources.