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Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers - 47-2171.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Field Ironworker
  • Iron Installer
  • Iron Worker
  • Ironworker
  • Reinforced Ironworker
  • Rodbuster
  • Rodman
  • Steel Tier

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2170 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
47-2171.00 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

Related Occupations


  • Bend steel rods with hand tools or rod-bending machines and weld them with arc-welding equipment.
  • Cut and fit wire mesh or fabric, using hooked rods, and position fabric or mesh in concrete to reinforce concrete.
  • Cut rods to required lengths, using metal shears, hacksaws, bar cutters, or acetylene torches.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Install fencing or other barriers.
  • Install metal structural components.
  • Position safety or support equipment.
  • Position structural components.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Weld metal components.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Steelworker (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Reinforcing Metal Worker (Alternate Title: Ironworker Reinforcing Concrete)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Reinforcing-Metal Worker