Fencer Kaihanga Taiapa

Fencers construct and repair fences, barriers or walls made of timber, metal, wire, chain-link or other materials.

Fencers may do some or all of the following:

  • repair or demolish and remove existing fences and obstacles
  • lay out fence lines, dig fence post holes and position posts
  • mix and pour concrete and set posts accurately
  • construct fences, barriers or walls made of timber, metal, wire, chain-link or other materials
  • assemble gates and hang them in position
  • use different types of machinery and power tools
  • estimate job requirements and quote prices for customers
  • operate their own business as a fencing contractor.

Physical Requirements

Fencers need to have:

  • a good level of fitness and must be strong as they lift heavy building materials
  • good hand-eye co-ordination as they need to use power and hand tools
  • good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) as they need to measure and align fences accurately. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fencers includes:

  • concreting or trenching work 
  • building and construction work
  • landscaping
  • farming
  • working with hand and power tools.

Personal Qualities

Fencers need to be:

  • able to follow instructions
  • fit and healthy
  • able to solve problems and make decisions
  • well organised and safety-conscious
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fencers includes:

  • concreting or trenching work 
  • building and construction work
  • landscaping
  • farming
  • working with hand and power tools.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but construction and mechanical technologies, maths and physical education to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.  

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a New Zealand Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

Fencers can earn around $19-$30 per hour per year.

Fencers may progress to set up their own contracting business, or move into management roles.

Fencers often specialise in either rural or residential and commercial fencing, or a particular type of fencing such as:

  • barrier fencing such as retaining walls or garden fences
  • farm or orchard fencing
  • security fencing
  • masonry fencing using materials like brick, concrete or stone
  • metal or wrought-iron fencing
  • pool or deck fencing.
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