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 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Rigs, prepares and inspects Air Delivery Platforms (ADPs) to include, but not limited to, Heavy Equipment (HE), Container Deliver System (CDS), Low Cost Low Altitude (LCLA) CDS, Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), Extraction Line Panels, and Door Bundles
Maintains combat off-load platforms
Inspects, cleans, stores, repairs, and packs cargo/extraction parachutes and extraction line panels
Provides loading and off-loading of equipment and material onto trucks, k-loaders, forklifts, and pickups
Serve as drivers of trucks, k-loaders, forklifts, and pickups
Riggers will not load aircraft, but will deliver material to the aircraft. Aircraft are loaded by the Government.
Recovers airdrop training platforms and equipment (parachutes, parachute bags, dropsondes, and extraction line panels) from Drop Zone (DZ)
Drives off road, all-terrain vehicles with recovered material in DZ
Fabricates and assembles airdrop platforms, cushioning materials and rigging components
Loads, positions, and secures supplies and equipment within aircraft
Tests and installs extraction and release systems
Inspects cargo and personnel parachutes and other airdrop equipment before and after each use, during packing and rigging, and at prescribed intervals to determine serviceability
Repairs or replaces airdrop equipment
Uses and maintains machines and tools for fabrication, modification, and repair of parachutes and other airdrop equipment
Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop
Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations
Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems
Performs other job-related duties as assigned to include TDY and travel
Required Skills and Qualifications
Is proficient in shop mechanics and science
Must promote Company values, policies, and standards of conduct
Must be customer-oriented and ensure professional coordination with Operations and other base agencies
Must follow all local, Air Force and DOD technical manuals, practices, and guidelines pertaining to parachute rigging, inspections, and air delivery recovery
Must be able to work day shift, night shift, or weekend duty as required
Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language
Must be a US citizen born in the United States of America
Must be a certified Rigger and able to provide a recent certification from either the U.S. Air Force, Army or Navy Loadmaster Course, or Parachute Rigger/Parachute Packer Course
Must have no less than ten years of experience as a Rigger, two of those years must be within the last five years.
Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must possess highly developed analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Must demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail is a top priority
Must share a commitment to maintaining a positive, collaborative work environment while simultaneously optimizing individual performance and contribution
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The work of this position is performed in an environmentally controlled office environment and in outdoor weather conditions
Must be able to view computer monitor for periods of time
Must be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted
Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the duties and responsibilities
The lists above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position. TRAX International reserves the right to make changes to the job description whenever necessary.
TRAX is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace that values and supports contributions of all individuals. TRAX is an equal opportunity employer of minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, familial status, pregnancy, ancestry, national origin, handicap, gender identity or expression, protected genetic information, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.