- Install and tie together the steel bars and mesh used to strengthen concrete
- You'll need the ability to follow engineering instructions and diagrams practical skills
- Progress to supervisory roles or become an engineering technician
As a steel fixer you'll work on construction projects for offices, factories, high-rise housing, tunnels and bridges.
- 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. You'll mainly work outdoors and at height and the job can be physically demanding. You'll wear personal protection equipment supplied by your employer and you may need a driving licence.
This role would be ideal for someone with the ability to follow engineering instructions and diagrams and has good practical skills.
You could apply directly to work as a steel fixer. You'll usually need work-based qualifications in construction or engineering, or site experience. Some employers may also want you to have GCSEs or equivalent in maths and English.
You could take a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or Level 2 Award in Skills for Engineering at college. This could help you to find a trainee job with a company when you finish.
You could also get into this job by doing a steel fixer intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
With experience, you could progress to supervisory roles, train to become an engineering technician or set up your own business.