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Career profile Fence Buildler

Also known as Fence Builder, Fence Contractor, Fence Erector, Fence Installer, Fence Laborer, Fence Mechanic, Fence Technician (Fence Tech), Gate Technician (Gate Tech), Wood Fence Erector

Fence Buildler

Also known as Fence Builder, Fence Contractor, Fence Erector

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
Pay Range
$26,450 - $57,470 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Time Management
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
Knowledge Areas
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Transportation
Core 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.
  • Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
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What does a Fence Buildler do?

Fence Buildlers erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

What kind of tasks does a Fence Buildler perform regularly?

Fence Buildlers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following 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.
  • Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
  • 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.
  • Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • Attach fence rail supports to posts, using hammers and pliers.
  • 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.
  • Nail pointed slats to rails to construct picket fences.
  • Insert metal tubing through rail supports.
  • Construct and repair barriers, retaining walls, trellises, and other types of fences, walls, and gates.
  • Weld metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment.

The above responsibilities are specific to Fence Buildlers. More generally, Fence Buildlers are involved in several broader types of activities:

Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Performing General 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 materials.
Getting Information
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

What is a Fence Buildler salary?

The median salary for a Fence Buildler is $37,550, and the average salary is $40,120. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Fence Buildler salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Fence Buildlers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Fence Buildlers earn less than $26,450 per year, 25% earn less than $30,840, 75% earn less than $46,730, and 90% earn less than $57,470.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Fence Buildlers is expected to change by 4.3%, and there should be roughly 3,000 open positions for Fence Buildlers every year.

Median annual salary
$37,550
Typical salary range
$26,450 - $57,470
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
4.3%

What personality traits are common among Fence Buildlers?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Fence Buildler are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.

Fence Buildlers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Also, Fence Buildlers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Fence Buildler tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.

Most importantly, Fence Buildlers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Second, Fence Buildlers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Lastly, Fence Buildlers somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Fence Buildlers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, initiative, and dependability.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Fence Buildlers, ranked by importance:

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

What education and training do Fence Buildlers need?

Working as a Fence Buildler usually requires a high school diploma.

Fence Buildlers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Fence Buildlers

  • 28.6% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 44.6% completed high school or secondary school
  • 18.3% completed some college coursework
  • 3.5% earned a Associate's degree
  • 4.4% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 0.6% earned a Master's degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Fence Buildlers

Fence Buildlers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, building and construction, or transportation knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Fence Buildlers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

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.
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.
Design
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Important Abilities needed by Fence Buildlers

Fence Buildlers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Fence Buildlers need abilities such as manual dexterity, trunk strength, and multilimb coordination in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Fence Buildlers, ranked by their relative importance.

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.
Static Strength
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Finger Dexterity
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Critical Skills needed by Fence Buildlers

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Fence Buildlers frequently use skills like time management, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Fence Buildlers, ranked by their relative importance.

Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Monitoring
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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