Level 2 Apprenticeship (Equivalent to GCSE)

The broad purpose of the occupation is to construct the steel reinforcement which forms a vital part of any concrete structure. A steel fixer constructs reinforcement for columns, beams, walls and floors no matter how big or small the construction project is.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other trades such as formwork carpenters, groundworkers, scaffolders as well as supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers. The working environment is often outdoors on a construction site and can be physically demanding. Steel Fixers often work at height such as on high rise buildings and therefore health and safety is of paramount importance.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working in a team, under supervision, using machinery and tools to create structures or components from the designs, digital model, plans and specifications of architects and designers that meet the client’s expectations. They construct the reinforcement structures by using steel wire to tie together various diameters of steel reinforcement bar or mesh matts, that will need to be cut to length, bent to shape and fixed together in order to complete a building’s reinforced concrete structures.

This course can be delivered at the academy or on site if conditions are suitable.

Hercules Apprentices on HS2 Site

Course Outline

This course has been designed to cover the following areas:

  • Apply workplace and legislative environmental health, safety and welfare requirements when undertaking construction steel fixing activities.
  • Apply safe working techniques for moving, lifting and handling pre-assembled and manufactured elements, working at height and using access equipment.
  • Interpret and work to drawings and specifications in various types and formats including digital e.g. Building Information Modelling
  • Plan and undertake work practices productively to achieve minimal wastage and to meet deadlines.
  • Assemble, position and fix manufactured elements (e.g. reinforcement bars) as per drawings and specifications
  • Apply safe use and storage of hand tools and power tools
  • Use a range of reinforcing steel products to shape and assemble structures.
  • Measure, cut and bend and connect reinforcing steel.
  • Position and fix pre-assembled elements according to specification, using digital equipment where appropriate.
  • Communicate with colleagues or customers; using common industry terminology appropriately and accurately.
  • Complete post installation checks to ensure quality through compliance with specification outlined in drawings and/or digital models . Report and rectify problems as necessary

On Completion

Upon successful completion and achievement of this course, learners will receive a Level 2 apprenticeship standard in Steel Fixing

Who Should Attend?

This course should be attended by any construction personnel that want to develop skills in steel fixing

Course Duration

The duration of this qualification is 18 months.