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Fence Erectors

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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.

    • 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.


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 610
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Leadership
    • Persistence


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