Fence InstallerJob Description:
Fence installers put up and repair fences, gates and other barriers.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job, you could:
- remove old fencing
- read fence drawings and plans
- measure and lay out new fence lines
- level the ground where fencing is going to go
- use hand tools or mechanical diggers to dig post holes
- position wooden, concrete or metal posts and fix them to a base
- cut panels to size and fix them to the posts
- apply finishes like paint, staining and weatherproofing
- repair fences and gates
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a fence installer, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required. Fence installation is a practical trade that involves working with tools and materials to construct fences and enclosures. However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for skills and knowledge relevant to this field, and a strong academic background can be helpful in various aspects of the job. Here are some recommended GCSE subjects that can be beneficial for aspiring fence installers:
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide practical skills and an understanding of working with materials and tools, which are relevant for fence installation.
- Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills can be helpful for measurements, calculations, and ensuring accurate fence installations.
- Science: General science knowledge, including physics, can be valuable for understanding structural principles and how different materials interact when constructing fences.
- Business Studies: Understanding business principles, customer service, and basic accounting can be valuable if you plan to run your own fence installation business.
- Geography: Geography can provide insights into land management and geographical factors that can be relevant for fence installation, especially when considering land boundaries and property lines.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can start by doing a college course. In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
- Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. You could then look for a trainee position with a fencing company.
You can do a fencing installer intermediate apprenticeship.
You can apply directly to employers if you have some experience in a practical job like landscape gardening or construction.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work as a contractor/be self-employed away from home.
You could work on a construction site, in the countryside or at a client’s business. Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
- become a lead installer or foreperson
- move into contract management or fencing sales
- set up your own business