In a typical work setting, fence builders:
- 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.
- 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.