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:
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