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Sign Maker Careers

Sign Maker Careers

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Work Environment:

As a sign maker, you'd design, create and fit signs for various uses, containing shop window signs, traffic signs, outdoor and indoor exhibition-displays, designs for vehicle-bodies and tarpaulins, and signs for commercial premises.

You'd use different materials, comprising Perspex, metal, vinyl, plastic and glass (utilized for electronic/illuminated signs).

Being a sign maker, your tasks can contain:

  • working to prepared design or designing signs
  • measuring and calculating size of letter

  • getting surfaces ready
  • creating glass fiber letters by moulds
  • utilizing digital-technology like microprocessors to make lettering
  • outlining and fabricating plastics in 3D shapes, letters and logos
  • laying backgrounds of paint with roller, brush or spray
  • hand painting lettering into conventional sign making
  • fixing lettering on backgrounds, if using a molded-sign
  • curving glass in shape and fixing electric-wiring, if making an animated/illuminated sign
  • fitting signs at position
You'd also handle paper work, like planning applications or contracts.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To become a sign maker, there are no definite qualifications. Though, you might have a benefit, if you've GCSE grades or equivalent qualifications with subjects, like Art, or design and technology.

You'll necessitate normal color-vision.

You might be capable to gain entry to this profession by a scheme of Trainee ship. The availability of Traineeships within your region will rely on regional employment market and the kind of abilities employers want from employees.

Training Details:

You'd be given training at the work. You might be capable to acquire Second and Third Level NVQ into Sign making.

You'll be required to get a CSCS (Construction Skills-Certification Scheme) safety-passport. This includes holding a NVQ or similar and getting through with a health and safety evaluation. For information, check the website of CSCS.

You'll be required to get certification to work at heights by IPAF (International Powered-Access Federation), or PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association). For information, visit the website of IPAF and PASMA.

Skills and knowledge:

  • understanding of lettering fonts and styles
  • mathematical abilities, for calculations and measurements
  • creativity where work includes design
  • accurateness and concentration to details
  • excellent grammar and spelling
  • computer abilities
  • understanding of health and safety measures
  • excellent practical abilities
  • capability to stay updated with latest techniques and skills
  • a knowledge of technology utilized to make signs

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for sign makers can be about $13,000 for a year.
  • By experience earnings can boost to around $18,000 to $31,000.

Working Conditions:

You'd weekly for around 41 hours, on weekdays. For few jobs, you might have to work weekends and evenings.

You'd work within a studio or workshop. You might also work at site which can include being outside, at heights and in all climate conditions. You might also need to do lifting while fixing signs.

Different Opportunities:

You'll discover work chances within companies of sign makers or sign producers. You can work on freelance basis.

Within large and medium sized firms, if you're qualified and experienced, you might be capable to advance to a management/supervisory post.

You can also proceed to other roles, such as quality technician, estimator, or process planner.


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