Fence and Concrete Wall Erector

Fence and wall erectors work on projects of any size, putting up fences around areas such as small home gardens, or larger areas such as along motorways.


Fences are erected to demarcate the boundaries of properties and to provide security. Fence erectors need to be able to work to precise measurements, between adjoining properties. It is necessary to keep up to date with new techniques and materials available for fencing.

Fence erectors use a variety of materials including split pole timber, wire, steel and concrete. The materials used depends on the purpose of the fence. Fencing used for residential properties usually consists of diamond wire mesh and steel posts or painted palisade fencing. Precast concrete wall panels are also commonly used, as well as brick walling.

After measuring the area, calculating the number of panels / material required and taking these to the site, they prepare the area. They may first have to remove old fencing or walling and clear away any roots that are in the way. Next they erect the steel poles, standards and supporting stays, or precast posts, which are set into concrete bases in the ground. The steel mesh fencing and lengths of supporting wire are stretched taut between the steel posts and attached with wire In the case of steel palisade fencing, on the other hand, panels manufactured in the factory to specific dimensions are delivered to site and welded in position between steel posts, at appropriate intervals, which are cast into concrete bases in the ground. This fencing is usually painted with a protective coating. With precast concrete walling, the ends of each precast concrete panel are slid into the vertical grooves in the precast concrete posts and cemented into place.

Some fences are decorative and some may be specially made instead of pre-constructed. Both garden fencing and that used on farmland and estates might be constructed on-site by the fence erector.

Different types of specialised fencing are used where security and safety are of prime concern, for example around industrial premises and prisons or along the edges of roads, motorways and railways. Some fences may have barbed or razor wire fixed along the top. Electric fences are also often used nowadays for security reasons along the top of fences and walls.


How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Entry requirements vary. You do not always need educational qualifications to be able to undertake this work, but a good general standard of education is desirable.


What to Study

All training is on-the-job carried out by experienced workers. You would probably start out as a labourer to assist experienced workers.


Employment


  • landscaping companies

  • construction

  • environmental protection agencies

  • forestry

  • self employment is an option, as is working in a large commercial firm being employed by builders, suppliers or installers.


Further Information

Any of the above.


Getting Started


  • speak to a fence and concrete wall erector aboout this career and ask to observe him at work

  • try to get a holiday job with fencing contractors


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