So, you want to be a steel fixer? Can you:
- Work outside
- Be physically able to carry steel that is sometimes heavy or difficult to handle
- Be part of a team of other trades to get the job done.
- Work at heights, many steel fixers work of scaffolding or formwork on high rise buildings
What do steel fixers do?
Place reinforcement steel in footing trenches, for on-ground slabs, and on formwork in preparation for the placement of concrete. All of the concrete structures you see around you are not made of concrete alone.
Reinforcing steel is placed inside concrete to give it strength. Without steelfixers, the concrete structures would crack and collapse. Steel fixers work to plans the are certified by engineers and must work accurately to ensure the safety of the structure.
How do I become a steel fixer?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, find an employer that is looking for an apprentice steel fixer. You will then become an apprentice and will you will complete a certificate III in steel fixing at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Once you have completed the four year apprenticeship, you will be a qualified tradie!
Once you are a tradie in the construction industry, you can continue working for small or large companies and move into leading hand, supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ apprentices yourself. Some tradies even go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. There are plenty of options for qualified steel fixers.