Steel Fixer Careers

How to become Steel Fixer

What does a Steel Fixer do?

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 and install beams and precast 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.

What's the working environment like working as a Steel Fixer?

Steel fixers normally work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime at weekends may be necessary to meet deadlines.

The work can be carried out underground, at ground level or at heights, depending on the project; in all cases the work is physically demanding. Personal protective equipment is worn, such as safety helmets and boots. Travel from site to site is necessary, so a driving licence may be required.

What does it take to become a Steel Fixer?

To be a steel fixer, you should:

  • be able to follow instructions and plans carefully and 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.

Steel Fixer Career Opportunities

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Steel Fixer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Bircham Newton
King’s Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Tel: 01923 260000

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Tel: 0870 417 8777

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)
Head Office
Bridge End Business Park

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