Sign, Display, Screen Process & Tradeshow Workers

Apprenticeship program

signsThe Sign, Display, Screen Process and Tradeshow Worker Apprenticeship Classifications are all part of this apprenticeship program. The Tradeshow Apprenticeship Program is set to start August 2009 with the Sign and Display Apprenticeship Program to follow within the next 6-12 months. Continuing Education classes are also offered for the journey workers in these trades for more advanced skills and techniques.

Sign and display craftspersons design, construct, paint and erect signage and trade show exhibits (made of metal, vinyl, glass, wood, neon, and plastic) for a wide range of objects and buildings. Apprentices specialize in a particular segment of this varied industry, such as graphic design, fabrication, silk-screening or installation. Apprentices have a wide variety of career choices and learn essential skills such as: blueprint reading, surface preparation, use and care of state-of-the-art equipment, and health and safety regulations.

Selection procedures

While contractors will sometimes seek workers through the union, those seeking employment are recommended to go directly through the employers or contractors. Once employment has been found, each individual is required to become a member of the union after thirty (30) days.

Tradeshow Industry

Applications are available upon request or upon hire. Check job postings. Apprentices are hired at a rate of one apprentice to three journey level workers.

This 3-year apprenticeship program requires all apprentices to complete 432 Related Training hours, as well as on-the-job training. There is a probationary period of 500 hours. Work week is typically 40 hours.

Tools Required

Tool box, knife, 2 hammers, 2 sets of screw drivers, set of high speed drills, pliers, center punch, wood chisels, 1 hacksaw, files, staple gun JT-21.

Wages

Wages can range from $14.00 to $21.00 per hour with no benefits.

Union Dues

There is an initiation fee and monthly membership dues based on wages and level. Check with the Local Union for current amounts.

Sign Industry

Applications are available year-round upon request or upon hire.

This three-year apprenticeship program requires 432 Related Training hours and on-the-job training for all apprentices. The work week is typically 40 hours.

Tools Required

The employer furnishes tools.

Wages

Wages can range from $9.20 to $18.51 per hour with benefits of $2.08 per hour extra.

Union Dues

There is an initiation fee and monthly membership dues based on wages and level. Check with the Local Union for current amounts.

Screen Processing

Applications are available upon request or upon hire. Apprentices are hired at a rate of 1 apprentice to 3 journey level workers.

Screen Industry: Apprentice Positions

6 Months Apprenticeship

Position: Racker-single press; Racker-multiple press Assembly; Finishing; Packaging; Shipping; Screen Cleaner; Machine Coater; Roller Coater operator.

1-Year Apprenticeship

Position: Shipping and Receiving clerk; Paper cutter

2-Year Apprenticeship

Position: Die Cutter; Hand printer; Die maker

3-Year Apprenticeship

Position: Production artist; Color mixer; Computer Sign maker; Photo stencil & set up; Stencil cutter; Semi-Auto pressman large & small; Creative artist; Photographer, B & W; Automatic pressman, large and small

Wages

Wages can range from $8.20 to $17.27 per hour with benefits of $1.61 per hour extra.

Union Dues

There is an initiation fee and monthly membership dues based on wages and level. Check with the Local Union for current amounts.

Contact Us

Sign, Display, Screen Process, and Tradeshow Worker Apprenticeship
3205 Country Drive, Ste. 150
Little Canada, MN 55117
(651) 379-9600
Toll Free: 1-877-872-5700

Business Representative
Paul Richards
prichard@iupat82.org

Apprenticeship Coordinator / Instructor
Mike Bennett
mbennett@mnft.org

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