Sign and Display

Sign and Display craftspeople design, fabricate, construct, paint and install interior and exterior signage of all types.  This includes lettering for windows and vehicles, plastic and neon signs, as well as for trade shows, office complexes, shopping plazas and other locations and for various purposes.  Signs are crafted to meet the requirements of the customer using innovative and high quality workmanship to create aesthetically pleasing signs made of materials such as metal, vinyl, glass, Plexiglas, wood, neon and plastic. Apprentices typically specialize in a particular segment of the industry (e.g. graphic design, fabrication, silk screening, etc.) and learn to use state of the art equipment to perform such jobs as computerized letter fabrication, welding, neon bending, computer routed lettering, screen printing and more. People with limited or no experience in the industry can use the available apprenticeship program as a catalyst to becoming a qualified journeyperson in the trade.

Sign and Display workers learning their trade through an apprenticeship program will receive relevant classroom training as well as on-the-job training and experience. The on-the-job training may include tasks such as cutting, painting, stenciling on various substrates as well as using tools and screen printing equipment, computer software, installation methods and other materials of the trade.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that construction managers made $93,900 a year on average as of May 2011.
The highest-paid 10 percent of managers earned over $149,070 a year, while the lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $50,650.
Fifty percent of construction managers earned between $64,780 and $112,020 a year.
An average union construction worker makes more than the average computer worker and has better benefits than the average big company employee.
Construction work employs more people in North America than most any other industry.
Union construction commands higher wages, better health, welfare, and pension benefits, more political influence, better working conditions, more bargaining power, and money for training.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, 8.7 million Americans worked in construction as of 2010.
As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median wage for basic construction laborers was $29,280 a year.
The FTI and its regional training centers provide craft-specific training, education, and on-the-job learning opportunities in 8 apprenticeable crafts.
FTI instructors are craft experts trained in the development and use of instructional aides, communication skills and classroom organizational techniques, as well as adult learning principles.
The FTI uses a DOL approved program of study for each of the trades it represents.
Students of the FTI learn through classroom instruction and hands-on skills practice with industry experts.
FTI students are employable.
You will be trained to work according to safe work practices and to recognize health and safety hazards to yourself, your co-workers, and the surrounding environment.
An average union construction worker makes more than the average computer worker and has better benefits than the average big company employee.
Construction work employs more people in North America than most any other industry.
Union construction commands higher wages, better health and welfare benefits, full employment, more political influence, better pension benefits, better working conditions, more bargaining power, and more money for training.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, 8.7 million Americans worked in construction as of 2010.
As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median wage for basic construction laborers was $29,280 a year.

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