Signmaker Kaihanga Tohu

Signmakers design, print and install signs in a range of materials, for indoor and outdoor use.

Signmakers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss design ideas with clients
  • create designs, lettering and layouts using a computer or by hand 
  • make neon or illuminated (LED) signs
  • put signs onto a variety of surfaces, including billboards, vehicles and buildings
  • seal finished surfaces with a chemical spray and clear vinyl
  • clean and maintain equipment
  • prepare quotes.

Physical Requirements

Signmakers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, normal colour vision and a reasonable level of fitness as some jobs require climbing and balancing to erect a sign.

Signmakers who erect signs on high billboards or buildings must be comfortable working at heights.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for signmakers includes:

  • painting
  • printing
  • carpentry, fabrication, electrical or metal work
  • graphic or CAD design.

Personal Qualities

Signmakers need to be:

  • creative, and good at layout and design
  • good at communicating with clients and interpreting their design briefs
  • able to work to deadlines 
  • good at working in a team environment
  • practical, with a hands-on approach to their work
  • accurate and detailed.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for signmakers includes:

  • painting
  • printing
  • carpentry, fabrication, electrical or metal work
  • graphic or CAD design.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths, and painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience. This programme may help you gain an apprenticeship, but doesn't reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Related Courses

Signmakers can earn around $34K-$40K per year per year.

Signmakers may progress to set up their own signmaking business.

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