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Working As A Parachute Rigger

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Make Decisions

  • $62,130

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Parachute Rigger does

  • Handled aircraft loading using forklifts up 16K.
  • Packed parachutes and rigged aerial delivery loads such as Container Delivery Systems and military hardware for troops on the ground
  • Supervised and provided technical guidance to subordinate personnel and provided technical direction and coordination for activities supporting routing and contingency missions.
  • Inspected all air items entering The Maintenance Facility.
  • Maintained 100% accountability of $700K in equipment.
  • Maintained a consistently high attention to detail to ensure peak safety conditions and strict efficiency standards were met.
  • Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations.
  • Replaced, repaired or fabricated items on different types of canopies.
  • Loaded supply bundles and configured them for aerial drops into combat zones.
  • Performed initial and final inspection on all parachutes and airdrop textile component.
  • Control & Issue: Quality control of several million dollars of military equipment, weapons, and supplies.
  • Noted by supervisors for superb leadership abilities and strong commitment to excellence.
  • Packed main, reserve, and cargo parachutes for both personnel and cargo drops.
  • Departed the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge.
  • Lead training coordinator for new military personnel assigned to the Operations Support Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
  • Serviced and maintained skydiving equipment which was consistent with Manufacturer, the United States Parachute Association and FAA regulations.
  • Lead my team through 2 SAR Evals resulting in on-spot Navy Commendation medals.
  • Maintain a secret security clearance.
  • Tested and installed extraction and release systems.
  • Repair and maintain survival equipment for pilots and aircrew.

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Parachute Rigger Demographics

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

20.0%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Russian

12.5%

Persian

12.5%

Cheyenne

12.5%
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Parachute Rigger Education

Schools

Liberty University

9.3%

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

9.3%

Central Texas College

7.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.7%

Kansas State University

4.7%

Vincennes University

4.7%

Grand Valley State University

4.7%

Troy University

4.7%

Methodist University

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Erie Community College

4.7%

Milwaukee School of Engineering

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

Grand Canyon University

4.7%

University of Alaska Anchorage

4.7%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.3%

Northeastern State University

2.3%

West Central Technical College

2.3%

University of South Dakota

2.3%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

17.0%

Business

16.1%

General Studies

12.5%

Graphic Design

5.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Information Technology

4.5%

Management

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Elementary Education

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Biology

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Aviation

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

History

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Nursing Assistants

1.8%

Culinary Arts

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

39.2%

Bachelors

33.0%

Associate

18.8%

Masters

4.0%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Parachute Rigger

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  1. Air Drop Equipment
  2. Army Achievement
  3. Personnel Parachutes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Packed, repaired and checked cargo and personnel parachutes; prepared equipment and supply containers for airdrop.
  • Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems HELPFUL SKILLS Knowledge of shop mechanics and science.
  • Packed main, reserve, and cargo parachutes for both personnel and cargo drops.
  • Served in deployment to Combat Theater Operations in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Inspected survival equipment and repaired faulty equipment.

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