Fence installers fit and repair fences and fence gates.
1. Entry requirementsThere are no set entry requirements, but paid or unpaid work experience in a related, practical role, like landscape gardening or construction, would be useful.
GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E), in maths, technology and English might also be helpful.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to communicate clearly with customers
- practical skills for using hand and power tools
- the ability to understand and work to plans
- basic maths skills
- practical ability in wood and metalwork
3. What you'll do
You’ll usually work as part of a team under the supervision of a lead installer or foreperson. You might work on any of the following:
- boundary fencing for homes and farms
- vehicle barriers for roads and motorways
- soundproof barriers for places like airports
- parapets and bridges
- security fencing for prisons and airports
- electric fencing and gates
You or your foreperson will discuss with the customer what type of fence they need and give them an estimate.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- removing old fencing
- measuring and laying out new fence lines
- levelling the ground
- using hand tools or mechanical diggers
- positioning wooden, concrete or metal posts, and fixing them to a concrete base
- cutting panels to size and fixing them to the posts
- painting and weatherproofing
You’ll use a range of fencing materials, like timber, concrete, wire and metal.
Starter: £15,000 to £20,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000 (self-employed or including overtime)
If you’re self-employed, you’ll negotiate your own rates.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may also work overtime and at weekends when it’s busy.
You’ll usually need a driving licence.
The job is physically demanding.
You’ll spend most of your time working outside, in all weathers.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a lead installer, foreperson, or move into contract management, quantity surveying, health and safety management, or sales.
You could also set up your own business.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017
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