Steel Fixer

Job Description:

Steel fixers install and tie together steel bars and mesh that is used to strengthen concrete on construction projects.

Job Category:
Metals & Mining

What you will do:

In this job, you’ll:

  • set out the work area, following engineering plans
  • 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 sections
  • fit spacers and ‘chairs’ – supports
  • fix wooden formwork and shuttering that holds setting concrete in place
  • secure steel to concrete bases
  • install beams and pre-cast slabs
  • work closely with engineering designers, steel erectors and other construction workers


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • physical skills like movement and coordination
  • the ability to work well with your hands
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a steel fixer, you typically do not require specific subjects. However, having a good general education is valuable. Here are some subjects that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: A basic understanding of mathematics is essential for taking measurements, making calculations, and ensuring the proper alignment of steel reinforcement structures.
  2. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide a foundation for understanding construction and structural design concepts.
  3. Science: While not mandatory, science subjects can help you understand the properties of materials and how they interact with structures, which can be relevant to steel fixing.
  4. English: Good communication skills are important for understanding and following instructions, reading plans and blueprints, and collaborating with other construction professionals.
  5. Physical Education: Steel fixing often involves physically demanding work, so maintaining good physical fitness can be an advantage.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could take a construction or engineering qualification at college. This could help you to find a trainee job with a company when you finish.

Courses include Construction Skills and Skills for Engineering

You may be able to do an intermediate steel fixer apprenticeship.

Direct Application
You could apply directly to work as a steel fixer. To do this, you’ll usually need work-based qualifications in construction or engineering, or on-site experience.

In the UK, you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work on high rise buildings, on a construction site or on other structures.

Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and cramped.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

As an experienced steel fixer, you could become a site safety supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, scaffolding or training.