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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Steelfixer / Erector

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The National Career Skills Bulletin 2015 reports limited difficulties in sourcing steel erectors/fixers.

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At a Glance... header image

Works with steel bars and stirrups required in the preparation of the steel cages used for reinforced concrete.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Read specifications or blueprints to determine the locations, quantities, or sizes of materials required.

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Verify vertical and horizontal alignment of structural steel members, using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, or levels.

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Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.

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Hoist steel beams, girders, and columns into place, using cranes, or signal hoisting equipment operators to lift and position structural-steel members.

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Bolt aligned structural steel members in position for permanent riveting, bolting, or welding into place.

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Ride on girders or other structural steel members to position them or use rope to guide them into position.

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Fabricate metal parts, such as steel frames, columns, beams, or girders, according to blueprints or instructions from supervisors.

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Pull, push, or pry structural steel members into approximate positions for bolting into place.

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Cut, bend, or weld steel pieces, using metal shears, torches, or welding equipment.

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Fasten structural steel members to hoist cables, using chains, cables, or rope.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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