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Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.
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.
Self-employed steel fixers can set their own pay rates. Salaries will depend on your employer, location and level of responsibility.
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