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NOC Code: NOC Code: 5223 Occupation: Sign Pre-production Technicians
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Graphic Arts Technicians". This unit group includes workers who produce and assemble artwork, photographs, lettering and other graphic art according to conceptual layouts and specifications, and make designs camera-ready for printing. They are employed by publishing, advertising and printing establishments, and by television and film production companies. This profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Graphic Arts Technicians". This unit group includes workers who produce and assemble artwork, photographs, lettering and other graphic art according to conceptual layouts and specifications, and make designs camera-ready for printing. They are employed by publishing, advertising and printing establishments, and by television and film production companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4 5
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
  • Note that some occupational profiles do not include all Numeracy and Thinking Essential Skills.

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Reading Text
  • Read memos from colleagues. (2)
  • Read specialty magazines dealing with lighting, graphics and industrial design to find new ideas. (2)
  • Read equipment-test reports when researching costs. (2)
  • Read specifications to identify customers' needs. (3)
  • Read installation, maintenance and operation manuals to find information on properties of materials. (3)
  • Read municipal by-laws to comply with requirements. (4)
  • Read maintenance contracts for electronic equipment to consider legal consequences. (4)
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Writing
  • Write notes in the margin of plans to provide detailed information on materials. (1)
  • Write orders for materials. (1)
  • Write descriptions to explain drawings. (2)
  • Edit specifications to make them understandable for customers. (3)
  • Write letters to customers and suppliers. (3)
  • Write technical briefs and reports. (4)
  • Complete detailed applications for sign-erection permits. (4)
  • Write specifications to describe signs being proposed to customers. The content must be well-structured, formulated clearly and free of spelling errors. (4)
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Document Use
  • Complete forms required by customers to document site-inspection information. (2)
  • Read production schedules to monitor production. (2)
  • Read measuring devices. (2)
  • Read road maps to locate the site. (2)
  • Interpret blueprints to obtain preliminary data for the site survey. (3)
  • Interpret drawings in plans to understand the details of parts, electrical wiring, mechanical fasteners, welding points, etc. (3)
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Computer Use
  • Access the Internet and use electronic mail. (2)
  • Prepare invoices using programs such as ACCPAC and Business Vision. (2)
  • Use computer-controlled machinery or equipment to varying degrees, depending on the company's use of technology. (2)
  • Write letters, technical briefs and reports. (2)
  • They prepare budgets and schedules. (3)
  • Use design software such as AutoCAD to lay out signs. (3)
  • Design graphics using programs such as Sign Lab, Corel Draw and Photoshop. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with suppliers to determine the availability of materials. (1)
  • Speak with colleagues and resource people to obtain project information. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to report on work progress. (1)
  • Interact with designers, including participation in discussion groups to brainstorm ideas. (2)
  • Make presentations to larger groups, such as to municipal councils. (3)
  • Interact with customers to analyse their requirements, establish objectives and negotiate agreements. (3)
  • Make presentations to small groups, such as representatives of a potential client company. (3)
  • Lead formal discussions or chair meetings among project stakeholders. (4)
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Money Math
  • Receive payments from customers. (1)
  • Prepare invoices, including calculation of taxes. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Perform routine bookkeeping operations such as balancing accounts. (2)
  • Evaluate when to spend money in the short-term to save on long-term maintenance costs. (2)
  • Plan project schedules and budgets. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take and record measurements when conducting site surveys. (1)
  • Convert data from metric to imperial measurements systems and vice versa. (2)
  • Use trigonometry to calculate diagonal measurements. (4)
  • Use mathematical modelling in research and in designing technical drawings. (5)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate an average across a set of test results and draw a conclusion by applying principles of statistical analysis. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Make estimates when developing budgets and schedules, estimating such factors as the cost of supplies, the time required to complete each task and the time for installation. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Sign pre-production technicians have variety in their work activities but within recurring routines. For some duties, such as meeting customers and making sketches, the order of their tasks is laid out in advance. Their work plan is frequently disrupted and must be revised in response to changes in production schedules and budgets. Sign pre-production technicians order their tasks for greater efficiency. Their work priorities are managed in conjunction with management and colleagues in sales and production. Extensive integration with the work of others (e.g., suppliers, estimators) is required. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Make quick and accurate decisions about sign-production methods and materials. (2)
  • Make decisions about design options and whether the customer is likely to be satisfied with a proposed design and price. (2)
  • Decide upon the most appropriate materials giving consideration to the specifications, the cost estimate accepted and the quality of the final product. (3)
  • Make decisions about purchasing supplies when not all of the product information is available. Consider comparable decisions made in the past and draw on your experience and judgment. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • You suspect that a customer was confused about terminology when speaking with the salesperson and really had a fluorescent sign in mind when they ordered a more expensive neon sign. Re-contact the customer and verify the requirements. (2)
  • Deal with feasibility problems after the customer has approved the budget for the project. To manufacture the sign within budget, devise cost-saving production methods. (3)
  • Management has decided to suspend a project and reassign you to another more urgent job. Co-ordinate with co-workers in sales and production to adjust the schedule with the minimum amount of disruption to all parties. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Consult with your production manager on questions of feasibility. (2)
  • Consult suppliers when preparing a procedure for manufacturing a special design. (2)
  • Obtain and synthesize information from various sources, such as government directories or manufacturers' directories (e.g., Thomas, Scotts, etc.). (3)
  • Research municipal by-laws and regulations. (3)
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