Fencer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2 months ago

Pay for fencers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • A new entrant usually earns $17 an hour.
  • Average pay for skilled fencers is about $20 to $23 an hour.
  • The highest pay rate for fencers with managerial responsibilities is about $28 an hour.
  • Fencing contractors usually charge clients between $42 and $50 an hour, but must recoup expenses from this.
  • Sources : Fencing Contractors Association.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Fencers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss fencing needs with customers
  • estimate and quote prices for customers
  • lay out fence lines
  • dig fence post holes and position posts
  • mix and pour concrete
  • construct fences made of boards, wire, chain links, posts or other materials
  • assemble gates and hang them in position
  • build barriers, security fences, retaining walls, vineyard trellises, and other types of fences and walls
  • run their own businesses.
  • Fencers need to have :

  • knowledge of fencing materials, designs and styles
  • knowledge of costing methods and business management
  • knowledge of how to use power tools and machinery
  • practical skills such as carpentry, and the ability to make concrete.
  • Fencers :

  • often work irregular and long hours, depending on the type of fence and its location. Some long hours and weekend work may be necessary
  • work on farms or in towns
  • work in all but the most extreme weather conditions
  • may travel to parks, private homes, or industrial or commercial sites, and may work in very remote rural areas.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a fencer.

    However, some employers prefer you have completed, or will support you to work towards, a National Certificate in Fencing or a National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 2), which has a fencing component.

    National certificates in agriculture are overseen by the Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO) and involve theory work and on-the-job training.

    National certificates in fencing are offered at Level 2, 3 and 4 by training providers throughout the country.

    Secondary education

    Useful subjects for fencers include maths, woodwork or workshop technology, and English.

    Fencers need to be :

  • quick and efficient
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to do maths calculations
  • well organised
  • safety-conscious.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for fencers includes :

  • labouring
  • building and construction work
  • farming
  • work with hand tools or welding equipment.
  • Many fencers start their career as casual labourers on fencing crews as a way of getting experience.

    Physical requirements

    Fencers need to have excellent fitness and health, and must be strong. A lot of lifting and moving may be required on some fencing jobs.

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