What does a Reinforcing Rodworker (452A) do?

Reinforcing Rodworkers reinforce concrete. To do this, they fabricate, handle, sort, cut, bend, rig, place, burn, weld and tie all materials used to reinforce the concrete, including steel. They then install the steel and accessories in the building of all types of concrete structures including bridges, reservoirs, buildings, sewers and highways.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using and maintaining power tools in a safe manner
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints to understand job requirements
  • Measuring and fabricating reinforcing materials, including steel
  • Rigging, hoisting, and placing reinforcing steel
  • Installing, stressing, and grouting post-tensioning tendons
  • Observing safety in accordance with government and company standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required; math, science, and English courses are recommended
  • While not mandatory, many employers require completion of 4,400-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Reinforcing Rodworker (452A)?

  • 40-hour work week in residential, commercial, or industrial settings
  • Work can be in or outdoors and may require lifting and carrying heavy materials
  • Some rodworkers may be self-employed
  • Potential employers include construction companies, residential and industrial developers, and masonry contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $40.00-$46.00 per hour.


Reinforcing Rodworker (452A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good manual dexterity?
Are you detail-oriented and enjoy working with your hands?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably? Are you able to travel for work?
Are you comfortable working at heights?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?
Do you have excellent time-management skills? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Reinforcing Rodworker (452A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Cement Mason
  • Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Ironworker
  • Welder
  • Bricklayer
  • Construction Craftworker

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