Signwriters produce signs by hand and with machines for display on shops, businesses and company vehicles.Job Category:
What you will do:
- discuss with your client what type of signs they want
- prepare and lay out designs and lettering
- measure and calculate letter sizes and graphics
- prepare surfaces
- apply paint backgrounds by brush, spray or roller
- trace designs onto wood, metal or glass surfaces
- hand-paint designs and lettering using special brushes, enamel paint and gold leaf
- repaint and retouch signs on site
- use traditional techniques and modern materials like vinyl graphics
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creativity)
- analytical thinking skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- persistence and determination
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like graphic design.
You could study art and design or graphic design, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.
You could get into this job through an advanced signage technician apprenticeship.
You may be able to start as a signwriter’s assistant and learn on the job.
You could apply directly to work as a signwriter. There are no set requirements, but it’ll help if you’ve got a qualification and experience in printing, reprographics, laser cutting or graphic design.
It’s important to keep a portfolio of your design work to show employers what you can do when you’re looking for jobs.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends.
You could work at a client’s business, in a workshop or in a creative studio. Your working environment may be noisy, outdoors some of the time, at height and physically demanding.
Career Path & Progression:
You could move into work for TV, film and theatre.
You could also combine this job with signmaking.