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Fence Erectors
SOC Code: 47-4031.00

Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

Sample of reported job titles: Fence Builder, Fence Erector, Fence Installer, Fence Laborer, Wood Fence Erector

Tasks

  • Establish the location for a fence, and gather information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area.
  • Align posts, using lines or by sighting, and verify vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels.
  • Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • Dig postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers.
  • Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
  • Discuss fencing needs with customers, and estimate and quote prices.
  • Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • Make rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths.
  • Nail top and bottom rails to fence posts, or insert them in slots on posts.
  • Stretch wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attach fencing to frames.
  • Attach fence rail supports to posts, using hammers and pliers.
  • Assemble gates, and fasten gates into position, using hand tools.
  • Complete top fence rails of metal fences by connecting tube sections, using metal sleeves.
  • Insert metal tubing through rail supports.
  • Attach rails or tension wire along bottoms of posts to form fencing frames.
  • Nail pointed slats to rails to construct picket fences.
  • Construct and repair barriers, retaining walls, trellises, and other types of fences, walls, and gates.
  • Weld metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment.
  • Erect alternate panel, basket weave, and louvered fences.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Cutlist Plus fx
  • Project management software - Maxwell Systems American Contractor; Software Design Associates Computer Fencing System CFS
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers - Automatic wire twisting pliers
  • Augers - Hand augers
  • Chucks - Clip tightening chucks
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Conduit benders - Wire tie twisters
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Portable gas operated arc welders
  • Grounding hardware - Electric fence grounding rods
  • Hammers - Steel post pounders
  • Jacks - Hand jacks
  • Levels - Spirit levels
  • Locking pliers - Locking jaw pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Pipe cutters
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Cement mixers
  • Plumb bobs - Laser plumb bobs
  • Post hole digger - Post hole diggers
  • Power drills - Portable drills
  • Power saws - Circular saws
  • Pullers - Barbed wire unrollers; Comealongs; Post pullers; Wire stretchers
  • Security or access control systems - Remote opening systems
  • Spades - Digging spades
  • Staple guns - Staple drivers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures - Steel measuring tapes
  • Torque wrenches - Torque tensioning tools
  • Voltage or current meters - Electric fence testers
  • Wire cutters - Hi-tensile wire cutters
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Multi-crimp tools

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.

Skills

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble 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.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speed of Limb Movement - The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 69% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 69% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 59% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 22% responded “Never.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 39% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 29% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 50% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 37% responded “Important.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 20% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 35% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 36% responded “Important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 44% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 24% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Work Schedules - 74% responded “Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration).”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 37% responded “Moderate responsibility.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
54%High school diploma or equivalent
37%Less than high school diploma
6%Bachelor's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $16.02 hourly, $33,320 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 25,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,200

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