Fence Erector Job Description

The Fence Erectors job is to erect and repair metal and wooden fences and fence gates around highways, industrial establishments, residences, or farms, using hand and power tools.

Tasks for Fence Erector

  • The Fence Erector establishes the location for a fence, and gather information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area.
  • The Fence Erector aligns posts, using lines or by signing, and verifies vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels.
  • The Fence Erector measures and lays out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • The Fence Erector digs postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers.
  • The Fence Erector sets metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
  • The Fence Erector discusses fencing needs with customers, and estimates and quotes prices.
  • The Fence Erector mixes and pours concrete around bases of posts, or tamps soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • The Fence Erector makes rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths.
  • The Fence Erector nails top and bottom rails to fence posts, or inserts them in slots on posts.
  • The Fence Erector stretches wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attaches fencing to frames.

The Fence Erector needs knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings or other structures such as highways and roads. The Fence Erector needs the skill to install equipment, machines, wiring or programs to meet specifications. The Fence Erector knows that it is very important to manage their time and the time of the crew in order to complete the job. The Fence Erector must adjust actions in relation to others’ actions. The Fence Erector determines the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. The Fence Erector obtains and sees to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work. The Fence Erector performs routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed. The Fence Erector teaches others how to do something. The Fence Erector repairs machines or systems using the needed tools. The Fence Erector considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. The Fence Erector gives 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.

Work Activities for the Fence Erector

  • Fence Erectors perform physical activities.
    • Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Fence Erectors handle and move objects.
    • Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Fence Erectors operate vehicles, mechanized devices or equipment
    • Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Fence Erectors control machines and processes
    • Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles)
  • The Fence Erectors make decisions and solving problems
    • Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • The Fence Erectors must know how to get information
    • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • The Fence Erectors communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates

    • Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • The Fence Erectors inspects equipment, structures, or materials
    • Inspecting equipment, structures or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • The Fence Erector estimates the quantifiable characteristics of products, events, or information
    • Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities, or determine time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • The Fence Erector evaluates information to determine compliance with standards
    • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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