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Fence Builders - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, fence builders:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact with customers. They communicate mostly by phone or face-to-face conversations.
  • Are very responsible for the health, safety and work done by others.
  • Sometimes work as part of a group or team. When working in groups, it is important to coordinate with others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work outdoors. Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Wear protective gear often, such as gloves, safety goggles, or ear plugs.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment, such as electric saws and welding equipment. Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable and contaminants like dust.
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  • Sometimes must work in very bright or dim lighting.
  • May work physically near others.
  • May be required to work in high places.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause fences to be less sturdy than expected.
  • Usually set their daily tasks and goals in cooperation with supervisors.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Repeat the same physical activities daily.


  • Usually work eight-hour shifts, though longer hours are also common.
  • Have months without work, such as during winter or periods of heavy rain.
  • Travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.