Metal on Metal – How to be a Steel Fixer

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Steel Fixers place reinforcement steel in footing trenches, on framework and on-ground slabs in preparation for the concrete pour.  The reinforced steel gives the concrete strength.  If the reinforced steel is not adequate or missing, the concrete structure will crack and collapse.  Steel Fixers work in building and construction industries and require a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

To become a steel fixer you will need to complete the Certificate III in Steel Fixing or complete a two year traineeship.
Steel fixers will commonly work at heights, on scaffolds, along the side of high rise building and on construction sites.  After you land a job and  gain experience, you will also most likely gain skills in the construction and plumbing fields.


Duties and Tasks

  • Perform measurements and calculations
  • Interpret plans and specifications
  • Basic Levelling Procedures
  • Cut and Bend reinforcement materials using Oxy LNG equipment
  • Place and Fix reinforcment materials
  • Arc Weld
  • Splice and Anchor using mechanical methods
  • Carry out post-tensioning


Personal Requirements of a Steel Fixer

  • Enjoy practical outdoor work
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Physically fit
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work at heights


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.



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