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Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $62,500/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $30.05/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 460
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: 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
    Tools
    • Pry bars
    • Power saws
    • Hickeys
    • Blow torch
    • Bending machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.