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Steel Fixer

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Other Qualification Minimum Age 18+

Steel fixers position and secure steel bars or steel mesh to reinforce concrete structures.

Steel fixers are mainly employed in the industrial/commercial sectors of the building industry on construction sites.

They may also work in pre-cast concrete plants, as well as in areas of pre-stressing, post- stressing and tensioning, using hydraulic jacks and tensioning mechanisms.


    Steel fixers may perform the following tasks:

  • read and interpret working plans and steel lists for the job
  • set out the work from these instructions
  • make steel bars or mesh the required length by cutting them with bolt cutters, guillotines or power saws
  • assemble the reinforcing bars or mesh by welding, wiring or clipping into predetermined locations within the concrete
  • fabricate steel reinforcement such as beams, footing pads or special units
  • join prefabricated units together for large sections of high rise or civil projects, and position the reinforcement ready for concrete pours


  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy practical work
  • able to work at heights
  • able to work as part of a team
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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Other Qualification Minimum Age 28+

You can work as a steel fixer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a steel fixer through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Steelfixing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Industry standards require steel fixers to hold a licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by SafeWork NSW or WorkSafe ACT. To gain a licence, you will need to register with an approved Registered Training Organisation and work under the supervision of a licensed operator. You will need to keep an approved logbook to record competencies achieved during training. Assessment by an independent assessor will then be required. To obtain a licence, you need to be at least 18 years of age.

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). In NSW, training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations authorised by SafeWork NSW. In the ACT, training is provided by Registered Training Organisations approved by WorkSafe ACT.

    Contact SafeWork NSW or WorkSafe ACT for more details. Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


The majority of steel fixers are employed by building and construction companies or by subcontractors.

Job prospects depend on the level of building and construction activity in the economy. Due to changes within the building industry, work opportunities can change substantially over a short period.

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Job Outlook for Steel Fixer Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council SafeWork NSW WorkSafe ACT

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