Signmakers create signs for marketing purposes and to symbolize the image of a company. They are usually responsible for the physical production of signs, such as applying vinyl and then mounting them for display. It may be important to be able to read layouts and blueprints and interpret drawings in order to turn them into real signs. Parts of the sign may be generated by a computer and then applied by the signmaker by cutting, painting, laminating, and cleaning, and this process should always be carried out in a careful manner. Once it is complete, quality control efforts should be made, as well.
It is important for signmakers to adhere to all time guidelines to meet production goals. They may work on several projects at once, so it is essential to be able to multitask and maintain good communication with the team. It is also important to keep an eye on inventory and notify management when supplies are running low, or reorder supplies themselves. Periodic maintenance on associated machinery and some troubleshooting may also be necessary.
In some cases, signmakers are also responsible for creating the designs for the signs, so experience with graphic design software may be needed. Some signmakers may work face-to-face with customers depending on the job, so customer service skills are also beneficial. Some minimum physical requirements may be necessary, such as lifting heavy objects, bending and stooping, and standing for prolonged periods of time.
Sign Maker Tasks
Collaborate with client to design custom sign.
Assemble sign components and comply with safety regulations.
Repair or revise sign components as needed.
Monitor workflow of orders.
Work with a variety of materials (i.e. neon channel lighting, vinyl) and a variety of equipment (i.e. computer programs, hand-tools, electrical tools) to produce components of the sign.