Sign fabricators build signs by hand from a variety of materials including metal, plastic and glass. Tools used include state-of-the-art equipment such as computerized numerical control (CNC) cutting machines and computer driven plotters, as well as traditional equipment such as hydraulic cranes for installations and repairs. This apprenticeship program leads to the Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician license.
The work is often strenuous, performed both indoors and outdoors and requires some lifting, climbing, bending and working on ladders. Hazards include shock, burns, falls and falling objects.
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent, and complete at least one year of high school pre-algebra or higher mathematics with a passing grade of ´C´ or an equivalent community college placement test.
Length of Apprenticeship
Classroom Hours: A minimum of 144 hours per year for 4 years
On-the-Job Training: 8,000 hours (approx. 4 years)