What do they do?
The signmaking industry is a diverse industry incorporating designing, building, painting, signwriting, applying graphics and installation. A career in signmaking allows you to get creative and use a variety of materials such as perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal, glass, and wood. Various methods are used to produce signs, for example computer-controlled routers for 3D lettering and shapes from various materials, cutting and applying lettering or digital imagery to panels, banners and vehicles.
A typical day
Typically, an eight-hour day (possibly shift work)
The nature of the work will vary with the employer, but it could involve machining, colour vinyl wrapping vehicles, printing, hand decorating spray-painting and screen-printing.
How to become a signmaker?
You learn to be a signmaker on-the-job and gain qualifications to support your skills and experience
Sound like you?
|Study areas||Attributes||Helpful experience||Preferred work environments|
|School||Entry level jobs||Advancing jobs||Senior jobs|
|NCEA - English, Maths, Visual Arts, Technology, Computing or Graphics may be useful||Signwriter|
|Unit/Achievement standards in schools||Apprenticeship||Higher learning||Higher learning|