Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
SOC: 47-2171.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
18,700 employed

Projected (2024):
23,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Concrete Rod Buster
  • Field Ironworker
  • Iron Installer
  • Iron Worker
  • Iron Worker Foreman
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker Foreman
  • Post Tensioning Ironworker
  • Rebar Bender
  • Rebar Fabricator
  • Rebar Worker
  • Reinforced Ironworker
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Reinforcing Metal Worker
  • Reinforcing Rod Layer
  • Reinforcing Steel Worker
  • Rod Buster
  • Rodbuster
  • Rodman
  • Steel Rod Buster
  • Steel Tier


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Position and secure steel bars, rods, cables, or mesh in concrete forms, using fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, or hand tools.
  • Space and fasten together rods in forms according to blueprints, using wire and pliers.
  • Determine quantities, sizes, shapes, and locations of reinforcing rods from blueprints, sketches, or oral instructions.
  • Place blocks under rebar to hold the bars off the deck when reinforcing floors.
  • Cut rods to required lengths, using metal shears, hacksaws, bar cutters, or acetylene torches.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Arc welding equipment
  • Automatic rebar tying tools
  • Beam spreaders
  • Bolt cutters
  • Caulking guns
  • Chokers
  • Crowbars
  • Cutoff saws
  • Electric drills
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaws
  • Hard hats
  • Hard sole boots
  • Hickey bars
  • Hole saws
  • Hydraulic cable cutters
  • Hydraulic crimpers
  • Jig saws
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal shears
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic hammers
  • Portable hydraulic rod benders
  • Protective gloves
  • Rebar benders
  • Rebar cutters
  • Rigging equipment
  • Safety harnesses
  • Scaffolding
  • Shear lines
  • Socket wrenches
  • Swaging tools
  • Tie wire reel
  • Torches
  • Tuggers
  • Utility knives
  • Welders
  • Wire Snips
  • Wire twisters
  • Workshop cranes
  • Wrecking bars
  • Application Software SHEAR
  • Applied Systems Associates aSa Rebar
  • OTP ArmaCAD
  • RebarWin
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580