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Steel fixers position and secure the steel bars and mesh used to reinforce concrete on construction and engineering schemes. They work on a wide variety of jobs including commercial and industrial development, multi-storey housing and civil engineering projects, such as roadworks, tunnels and bridges.
Following engineering plans, steel fixers:
- set out the work area
- use hand and power tools to cut and bend bars or mesh
- tie rebar (reinforcement bars) together with wire, clips or welds to build up cages or sections
- insert spacers and ‘chairs’ (supports)
- fix the formwork and shuttering used to hold setting concrete in place
- join cages and sections
- fix steel to concrete bases
- install beams and pre-cast slabs.
Steel fixers may also be involved with pre-stressing, post-stressing and tensioning materials, using hydraulic jacks and tensioning mechanisms.
Steel fixers work closely with engineering designers, steel erectors and other construction tradespeople.
Hours and Environment
Skills and Interests
To be a steel fixer, you should:
- be able to follow instructions and plans accurately
- have an aptitude for practical work
- be comfortable working at heights or underground if required
- be able to work as part of a team
- be physically fit
- be fully aware of health and safety issues.
There are no set entry requirements for this type of work, but you may need some GCSEs (A-E)/S grades (1-5) in maths, English, science and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications in construction or engineering.
A common route for young people is to train as an apprentice. Most apprentices start at 16 to 19, but entry may be possible up to 24. See Training section for contacts.
For more information about steel erecting as a career, contact ConstructionSkills or the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) in Further Information.
- cutting and shaping steel
- installing in-situ and/or prefabricated steel
- using power tools
- operating powered access equipment
- transferring loads
- safe working practices.
- NVQ in Steelfixing Occupations Level 2
- NVQ in Constructional Steelwork Site Operations Level 2 (two pathways: Erecting
- Structural Steelwork and Installing Metal Floor Decking)
- NVQ in Constructing Capital Plant Steel Structures (Erecting) Level 3.
Employment opportunities follow trends in the construction industry and are currently good. Most steel fixers work on a sub-contract basis for steel fixing and erection firms. With experience, progression to supervisory positions is possible.
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
Starting salaries are between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.
Average salaries for experienced steel fixers are between £17,000 and £22,000 a year.
Salaries for operatives with additional responsibilities can go up to £27,000.
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