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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
This is an apprenticeship for the sign fabricators craft and leads to the Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician license. Sign fabricators craft signs by hand from a variety of materials including metal, plastic and glass. Tools used include state-of-the-art equipment such as computerized numerical control (CNC) cutting machines and computer driven plotters, as well as traditional equipment such as hydraulic cranes for installations and repairs.
Working Conditions
The work is often strenuous, performed outdoors and requires some lifting, climbing, bending and working on ladders. Hazards include shock, burns, falls and falling objects.
Beginning apprentices start at about 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts four years, with the opportunity to advance every six months. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 108 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours. Journey worker sign electricians must have a license when they complete the program. Apprentices are referred to the Oregon Building Codes Division for appropriate licensing exam.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply, and 18 to begin the program. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent, and complete at least one year of high school algebra or post high school algebra course with a passing grade of ´C´. Apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1062
Ad Display Sign Maker/Erector JATC
Area 1, 6, 7
MA# 3002
Central Sign Hangers JATC
503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442
Area 2, 3, 4, 7
MA# 5004 Rogue Valley Trades TATC
Area 5
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