Steel fixers install and tie together the steel bars and mesh used to strengthen concrete during construction.
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.
2. Skills required
- 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.
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.
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Last updated: 21 December 2016