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Signwriter/Signmaker

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Last Updated: March, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Signwriters design and produce signs for a wide variety of uses such as industrial and commercial business as well as vehicles and road signs.


The Work header image

Signwriters and signmakers paint or manufacture the signs used outside and inside commercial and industrial premises as well as in railway stations and airports and on vehicles and boats.  
 
They can use traditional methods which envolve painting or enamelling by hand or by silk screen printing. They can engrave text or designs by hand or machine.  
 
They can also use computer controlled equipment, digital cameras and computers in their work. They work with a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, metal, glass, plastics and Perspex.  
 
Signwriters and signmakers plan their work in advance. It is very important that they work out the size of the lettering and of the finished sign correctly. Sometimes they design the signs - in other cases they follow the client's design. The work also involves installing the finished signs.

 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a signwriter or signmaker, you will need drawing ability and an eye for detail. Your colour vision may be tested.  
 
You will have to work quickly and neatly. If you are involved with the design of signs, you should have creative skills. You should also be able to measure and calculate letter size when planning out a job.  
You will need to be able to spell correctly and make sure that words are used in the right way. Good numeracy skills are needed. You must be able to work precisely and clearly.  
 
Physical fitness and some strength are required for carrying ladders and equipment, and putting up larger signs. This requires a good head for heights.  
 
It is important to be adaptable. Knowledge of computers and computer-controlled equipment, or a willingness to learn, is desirable. You must keep up to date with all modern technologies.


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