Van Abra - Rigger - Perth, WA, Australia

Michael Van Abra

Perth, WA, Australia




I have been working as a rigger for the last 17 years,I have Experienced working on most of the major construction projects Within this great country ( Australia ).I have experience In Structual,Mechanicle,Pipping and electrical Rigging

Work History

Heavy Lift Advanced Rigger ( Leading Hand )


November 2012 - January 2014

− Leading Hand/Advanced Rigger, Marine Structures Jetty Project, Gorgon/Barrow Island, involving three stage approach beginning with mobilisation of the barge at Westsea 71 Dampier, transferring to the Norse Endeavour, heavy lifting of up to 600 tonne, currently on the support barge 'name', preparing the sea bed for Caison installation.
− Leading Hand/Advanced Rigger, Caison Yard, Henderson - construction of Caisons for transportation by multi-lift transport sea vessels from Henderson to Barrow Island.

Leading Hand Advanced Rigger


July 2012 - November 2012

Advanced Rigger/Advanced Scaffolder, Mt Weld Rare Earth Project Upgrade - construction of the new plant and installation of new steel structures for the wet plant process.

Leading hand Advanced Rigger


January 2011 - July 2011

Leading Hand/Scaffolder/Structural Rigger, Mount Weld (July 2010)
− Rigger, Kanman Too /Pollarra (May - July 2010)
− Leading Hand/Rigger, Dampier Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (March - May 2010)
− Leading Hand/Rigger, Barrow Island (Dec - March 2010)


December 2011 - July 2012

− Leading Hand/Advanced Rigger, PMOFF Project - operation of logistics crane and 909 Jack-up barge drilling sea bed holes for placement of ship restraining dolphins. Part of the project close out team of 10 personnel.
− Leading Hand/Rigger, Barrow Island - Logistics 280 tonne crane, supervising 4 riggers, 3 dogman and 1 TA.
− Rigger, Pioneer Materials Offloading Facility, Gorgon Gas Project, Barrow Island.

Scaffolder/Rigger, Dampier Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline, Compressor Station Upgrades

October 2009 - December 2009

Leading Hand Rigger/Scaffolder & Safety Representative, Mesa-A (Aug 2008 - Oct 2009)

Leading hand Rigger


March 2008 - August 2011

Structural,Mechanicle and pipping Rigger for the Rare earth Development fixed plant In Laverton Western Australia


March 2008 - August 2008


April 2004 - January 2008


January 2004 - February 2004

Trades Assistant (TA)


September 2003 - January 2004

to Post Weld Heat Treatment, Woodside Train 4 - Cooper Heat Australia June 2003 - Aug 2003
Mechanical Scaffolder/Dogman, Marine Development Project J/V - Barclay Mowlem Const./BHP April 2003


Ships Chandlery

June 2001 - March 2003

Prior to 2001 working predominantly as a scaffolder and rigger for mining construction projects: Onslow Salt Project and Cause Nickel Mine (Barclay Mowlem Construction), Henry Gold Project.

Qualifications & Certifications

Wesley College South Perth Western Australia

Wesley College South Perth Western Australia

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