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Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
SOC Code: 47-2171.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Field Ironworker, Iron Installer, Iron Worker, Iron Worker Foreman, Ironworker, Ironworker Foreman, Reinforced Ironworker, Rodbuster, Rodman, Steel Tier


  • 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.
  • Cut rods to required lengths, using metal shears, hacksaws, bar cutters, or acetylene torches.
  • Place blocks under rebar to hold the bars off the deck when reinforcing floors.
  • Cut and fit wire mesh or fabric, using hooked rods, and position fabric or mesh in concrete to reinforce concrete.
  • Bend steel rods with hand tools or rodbending machines and weld them with arc-welding equipment.

Technology Skills

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

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Bar or rod cutter - Rebar cutters
  • Below the hook device - Beam spreaders
  • Bending machines - Automatic rebar tying tools; Portable hydraulic rod benders
  • Blow torch - Acetylene torches; Torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Cable reels - Tie wire reel
  • Caulking guns
  • Conduit benders - Wire twisters
  • Cutting machines - Shear lines
  • Fall protection lanyard - Chokers
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hard hats
  • Hickeys - Hickey bars; Rebar benders
  • Hoists - Tuggers
  • Hole saws
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic hammer - Pneumatic hammers
  • Power drills - Electric drills
  • Power saws - Cutoff saws; Jig saws
  • Protective gloves
  • Pry bars - Crowbars; Wrecking bars
  • Safety boots - Hard sole boots
  • Safety harnesses or belts - Safety harnesses
  • Scaffolding
  • Shears - Metal shears
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Arc welding equipment
  • Slings - Rigging equipment
  • Sockets - Socket wrenches
  • Spot welding machine - Welders
  • Swaging tools
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Utility knives
  • Wire cutters - Wire snips
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Hydraulic crimpers
  • Wire or cable cutter - Hydraulic cable cutters
  • Workshop cranes


  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.


  • Interest code: RCI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 12% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 75% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets
  • Contact With Others
  • Time Pressure
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 23% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 54% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Standing
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 43% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Telephone - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 20% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Physical Proximity - 74% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 19% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 35% responded “Very important results.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 34% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 20% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 36% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Serious.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 24% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 26% responded “Important.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 26% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
37%Less than high school diploma
34%High school diploma or equivalent
30%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $22.52 hourly, $46,850 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 20,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,400

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