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Steel fixer

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Summary of occupation

Steel fixers shape and fit the steel bars or mesh structures that are used to reinforce concrete in construction projects. They read building plans to determine what materials are required for a particular job and set out the materials that they are going to use. Steel fixers cut and shape steel bars, and weld, wire or clip structural steel materials into place. They also fabricate other reinforcing structures such as beams, footing pads or other special units. Steel fixers work all around the state on both large and small construction projects, from building new houses in our suburbs, to erecting schools, hospitals or other large buildings in our regional towns and remote areas.

ANZSCO description: Positions and secures steel bars and steel mesh  in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures. Registration or  licensing may be required.
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Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A steel fixer needs:

  • physical fitness, strength and stamina
  • manual and practical skills
  • the ablility to follow instructions well
  • the ability to work at heights
  • to be able to work as part of a team
  • to be safety conscious
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Working conditions

Steel fixers work on building sites as well as in pre-cast concrete plants. Conditions may be loud and dirty, and they may work at heights, which can be dangerous. They usually work regular hours, but may be required to work longer hours when aiming to meet deadlines.

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Salary details

On average, steel fixers, classified under structural steel construction workers, can expect to earn $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a steel fixer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase. 

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Tools and technologies

Steel fixers use a variety of hand and power tools, including industrial wire or bolt cutters, guillotines and power saws. They work with steel rods, bars and mesh structures, as well as also working with concrete They also use welding gear to weld steel structures into place. As they sometimes work at heights they also use ladders, scaffolding and elevated work platforms. They are also required to wear safety gear such as helmets, work boots and harnesses. They may also use hydraulic jacks and tensioning mechanisms to test their work.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a steel fixer you usually need to complete a traineeship. The steel fixing traineeship usually takes 18 months to complete.

To work as a steel fixer in Western Australia, you may need to obtain a High Risk Work license from WorkSafe

In order to be issued a High Risk Work license, you must be at least 18 years old and complete a training course offered at registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

​Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”). In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by WorkSafe​.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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