Fence Erectors

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • 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
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • Discuss fencing needs with customers, and estimate and quote prices.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

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

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $46,180 with most people making between $32,620 and $73,330

Outlook

5.47%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 201 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be 271 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 11 openings due to growth and about 59 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



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