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Reinforcing Iron & Rebar Workers

Also called: Iron Worker, Ironworker, Ironworker Foreman, Rodbuster

What they do:
Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.
On the job, you would:
  • Determine quantities, sizes, shapes, and locations of reinforcing rods from blueprints, sketches, or oral instructions.
  • Space and fasten together rods in forms according to blueprints, using wire and pliers.
  • Position and secure steel bars, rods, cables, or mesh in concrete forms, using fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, or hand tools.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • use your lower back and stomach
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Application Software SHEAR
  • Applied Systems Associates aSa Rebar
Computer aided design CAD software
  • OTP ArmaCAD
Data base user interface and query software
  • RebarWin


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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