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You see signs everywhere – on highways, on top of buildings, hanging outside stores, or planted in the ground. Craftworkers in the sheet metal industry make the majority of signs, even signs made of plastics or neon tubing. In this field you may work on the design of new signs, fabricate signs based on existing designs, or mount signs in a variety of locations. Most of your work will be done outdoors in the field although some jobs – such as sign designer – are generally done indoors with the assistance of a computer. You will also learn about the different types of lighting used for signs such as neon or fiber optic cable. Wherever you work in this field, your efforts will be on display for all the world to see.
Opportunities in this field include:
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ITI's Sign Fabrication and Installation Curriculum couples the skills involved in sheet metal fabrication—design, layout, blue print reading and welding—with creative energy and artistic challenges. In addition to sign design and creation, an ITI sign fabrication technician must master the skills involved in hoisting and rigging, and—of course—standard industry safety practices. These specialty courses are presented in classroom sessions by industry professionals armed with state-of-the-art textbooks and educational aids, in a learning laboratory setting. Classroom lessons and study time are augmented by on-the-job experience where apprentices work side-by-side with seasoned veterans.
Your SMWIA apprenticeship blends hands-on practical work experience with classroom time and projects that challenge your creativity. ITI's Core Curriculum provides a complete overview of all aspects of sheet metal work. Instructors are industry professionals, graduates of the same kind of training. Your classroom is a state of the art lab—fully equipped with the same tools and instruments that are used every day on the job. Textbooks and teaching aids include the latest technology and practical applications. Advantages of SMWIA "can-do" approach—practical knowledge reinforced by hands-on experience, under the direction of the foremost leaders in the industry.
Our "can-do" system makes it easier to master:
ITI's Core training builds your skill foundation to prepare you for more specific courses that will follow.
Math is just another tool in your box. That's why ITI's Sheet Metal Math Curriculum is presented in a practical framework that enables students to easily understand its application. You will measure, calculate and figure so often on the job that it will quickly become second nature. You will learn the “tricks” of the trade for using math in your everyday tasks—
with practical, simple math formulas.