Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.
- Trained with experience steel fixers can earn in the region of £23,000 - £28,000
Self-employed steel fixers can set their own pay rates. Salaries will depend on your employer, location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications and Training
There are no formal entry requirements to be a steel fixer, but a willingness to work hard is essential.
Many steel fixers begin their career by helping out on a building site – fetching and carrying tools and equipment and learning what the role involves. People who show a willingness to work and learn can progress to become a "nip-hand". They learn how to use the tools of a steel fixer and tie reinforcing steel together.
To progress beyond this level you need an SVQ/NVQ level 2 in steel fixing occupations. This includes cutting and shaping steel, installing in-situ and/or prefabricated steel, using power tools and safe working practices. Construction apprenticeships in steel fixing are available, where you work towards an SVQ/NVQ Level 2.
Most construction and engineering companies insist you have a CSCS card or similar competency card, or be part of a related scheme to work on their sites. The card is proof of your skills and competence. To get your card you must pass a health and safety assessment and have an NVQ or equivalent qualification.
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