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Fence Erectors - 47-4031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Fence Builder
  • Fence Contractor
  • Fence Erector
  • Fence Installer
  • Fence Laborer
  • Fence Mechanic
  • Fence Technician (Fence Tech)
  • Gate Technician (Gate Tech)
  • Wood Fence Erector

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Align posts, by lines or sighting, and verify vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels.
  • Assemble gates, and fasten gates into position, using hand tools.
  • Attach fence rail supports to posts, using hammers and pliers.
  • Attach rails or tension wire along bottoms of posts to form fencing frames.
  • Blast rock formations and rocky areas with dynamite to facilitate posthole digging.
  • Complete top fence rails of metal fences by connecting tube sections, using metal sleeves.
  • Construct and repair barriers, retaining walls, trellises, and other types of fences, walls, and gates.
  • Dig postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers.
  • Discuss fencing needs with customers, and estimate and quote prices.
  • Erect alternate panel, basket weave, and louvered fences.
  • Establish the location for a fence, and gather information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area.
  • Insert metal tubing through rail supports.
  • Make rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths.
  • Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
  • Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
  • Nail pointed slats to rails to construct picket fences.
  • Nail top and bottom rails to fence posts, or insert them in slots on posts.
  • Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
  • Stretch wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attach fencing to frames.
  • Weld metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
  • Cut wood components for installation.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Install fencing or other barriers.
  • Install metal structural components.
  • Install wooden structural components.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Operate detonation equipment.
  • Position structural components.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
  • Weld metal components.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Basic Engineer, Construction, and Equipment Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Constructionman Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Constructionman Recruit (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Fence Erector

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fence Erector