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Sign, Billboard, and Display



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


Students in 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

Career Options

People who graduate this course of study have a variety of industries to choose from, including the tradeshow industry, sign industry, and screen processing. Several go on to further study graphic design.


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.


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.


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

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