Fence Erectors
SOC: 47-4031.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
24,400 employed

Projected (2024):
26,400 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:

  • Chain Link Fence Installer
  • Fence Builder
  • Fence Erector
  • Fence Installer
  • Fence Installer Helper
  • Fence Laborer
  • Fence Repairman
  • Wire Fence Builder
  • Wire Fence Erector
  • Wood Fence Erector
  • Wood Fence Installer


  • 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
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • Blast rock formations and rocky areas with dynamite to facilitate posthole digging.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic wire twisting pliers
  • Barbed wire unrollers
  • Cement mixers
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Clip tightening chucks
  • Comealongs
  • Digging spades
  • Electric fence grounding rods
  • Electric fence testers
  • Hand augers
  • Hand jacks
  • Hi-tensile wire cutters
  • Laser plumb bobs
  • Locking jaw pliers
  • Multi-crimp tools
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe cutters
  • Portable drills
  • Portable gas operated arc welders
  • Post hole diggers
  • Post pullers
  • Remote opening systems
  • Spirit levels
  • Staple drivers
  • Steel measuring tapes
  • Steel post pounders
  • Tablet computers
  • Torque tensioning tools
  • Wire stretchers
  • Wire tie twisters
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Cutlist Plus fx
  • Maxwell Systems American Contractor
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Software Design Associates Computer Fencing System CFS


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580