Fence Erector  What They Do

Just the Facts


Erects and repairs fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Establishes the location for a fence, and gathers information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area.
  • Aligns posts, using lines or by sighting, and verifies vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels.
  • Measures and lays out fence lines and marks posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • Digs postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers.
  • Sets metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
  • Mixes and pours concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • Discusses fencing needs with customers, and estimates and quotes prices.
  • Makes rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths.
  • Nails top and bottom rails to fence posts, or inserts them in slots on posts.
  • Stretches wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attaches fencing to frames.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Fence Builder --
  • Fence Installer --
  • Fence Laborer --
  • Wood Fence Erector --