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SIGN, BILLBOARD, AND DISPLAY

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Job Corps’ Sign, Billboard, and Display training program is offered through the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). People employed on this career pathway are responsible for making, erecting and installing or removing signs and billboard displays. This can include designing and lettering signs made from metal, vinyl, glass, wood, neon, or plastic.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Sign, Billboard, and Display are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Understanding of graphic design principles
  • Knowledge of computerized letter fabrication
  • Knowledge of screen printing techniques
  • Knowledge of sign installation methods and techniques
  • Blueprint reading
  • Surface preparation

Career Options

Most Sign, Billboard, and Display Job Corps graduates go to work for design or printing companies or small shops, or jobs within the trade show industry.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Credentials such as these offer students a competitive edge on positions in manufacturing, production, and metalworking.

Sign, Billboard, and Display Numbers to Know

$40K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Initiative
Integrity