Steel Fixer

Summary

Steel fixers position and secure steel bars or steel mesh to reinforce concrete structures.

Duties & Tasks

Steel fixers may perform the following tasks:

  • read and interpret working plans and steel lists for the job
  • set out the work from these instructions
  • make steel bars or mesh the required length by cutting them with bolt cutters, guillotines or power saws
  • assemble the reinforcing bars or mesh by welding, wiring or clipping into predetermined locations within the concrete
  • fabricate steel reinforcement such as beams, footing pads or special units
  • join prefabricated units together for large sections of high rise or civil projects, and position the reinforcement ready for concrete pours.

Working Conditions

Steel fixers are mainly employed in the industrial/commercial sectors of the building industry on construction sites. They may also work in pre-cast concrete plants, as well as in areas of pre-stressing, post-stressing and tensioning, using hydraulic jacks and tensioning mechanisms.

Personal Requirements

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy practical work
  • able to work at heights
  • able to work as part of a team.

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