Sign writers, decorative painters, engravers and etchers

Role Responsibilities

  • Painting decorative freehand designs on objects such as pottery, glass, cigarette cases or lampshades
  • Transferring decorative or ornamental designs onto articles from paper
  • Integrating and developing visual elements, such as line, space, mass, colour and perspective, in order to produce desired effects such as the illustration of ideas, emotions or moods
  • Laying out and painting in one or more languages letters, figures, monograms and designs to make signs
  • Sketching or tracing designs or lettering onto work pieces or pattern materials to prepare patterns or stencils
  • Designing patterns or lettering to paint work pieces such as signs, glassware, pottery or zinc plates
  • Using software and routing equipment to produce three-dimensional carved images for application onto larger signage as well as engraved and inlaid signs
  • Designing and producing normal flat cut lettering, or lettering that is shadowed with applied vinyl, or lettering that is ready cut for application
  • Writing, painting or printing signs or show cards used for display or other purposes
  • Cutting out letters and signs for display purposes from wallboard or cardboard, by hand or machines such as electrically powered jigsaws or bandsaws
  • Examining sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut or engraved onto work pieces
  • Measuring and computing dimensions of lettering, designs or patterns to be engraved
  • Engraving and printing patterns, ornamental designs, etchings, trademarks, figures or lettering onto flat or curved surfaces of a wide variety of metal, glass, plastic, or ceramic items
  • Etching decorative designs, calibration markings and other figures on glass articles

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