Steel fixer

Steel fixers install and tie together the steel bars and mesh used to strengthen concrete during construction.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but some employers may want you to have GCSEs (A* to C) or equivalent in maths, English and science and technology.

Relevant work experience or work-based qualifications in construction or engineering may also be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Go Construct and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board have information about about careers and training.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to follow engineering instructions and diagrams
  • practical skills

3. What you'll do

You'll work on construction projects for offices, factories, high-rise housing, tunnels and bridges.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • setting out the work area, following engineering plans
  • using hand and power tools to cut and bend bars or mesh
  • tying rebar (reinforcement bars) together with wire, clips or welds to build up sections
  • fitting spacers and ‘chairs’ (supports)
  • fixing the wooden formwork and shuttering used to hold setting concrete in place
  • fixing steel to concrete bases
  • installing beams and pre-cast slabs

You'll work closely with engineering designers, steel erectors and other construction workers.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

You'll mainly work outdoors and at height.

The job can be physically demanding. You'll wear personal protection equipment supplied by your employer.

You may need a driving licence.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisory roles, train to become an engineering technician or set up your own business.

Last updated: 07 October 2016