How to become a Steel Fixer

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

Personal requirements for a Steel Fixer

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Steel Fixer

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 for a Steel Fixer

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.

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