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Career Details :: Fence Erectors
Erect and repair metal and wooden fences and fence gates around highways, industrial establishments, residences, or farms, using hand and power tools.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Assembles gate and fastens gate in position, using hand tools.
- Attaches fencerail support to post, using hammer and pliers.
- Saws required lengths of lumber to make rails for wooden fence.
- Stretches wire, wire mesh, or chain-link fencing between posts.
- Cuts metal tubing, using pipe cutter.
- Lays out fence line, using tape measure, and marks positions for postholes.
- Nails top and bottom rails to fence posts, or inserts them in slots on posts.
- Inserts metal tubing through rail supports.
- Erects alternate panel, basket weave, and louvered fences.
- Sets metal or wooden post in upright position in posthole.
- Aligns posts, using line or by sighting, and verifies vertical alignment of posts with plumb bob or spirit level.
- Blasts rock formations with dynamite to facilitate digging of postholes.
- Nails pointed slats to rails to construct picket fence.
- Attaches fencing to frame.
- Digs postholes with spade, posthole digger, or power-driven auger.
- Welds metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment.
- Mixes and pours concrete around base of post or tamps soil into posthole to embed post.
- Completes top fence rail of metal fence by connecting tube sections, using metal sleeves.
- Attaches rails or tension wire along bottoms of posts to form fencing frame.
- Brickmasons and Blockmasons
- Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
- Ship Carpenters and Joiners
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Estimating Needed Characteristics
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
Frequent Work Context
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Hazardous Situations