Occ. Code 7746200
SIGN SHOP WORKER, GRADE 9
New York State Department of Civil Service
NATURE OF WORK
A Sign Shop Worker performs semiskilled activities in the repair and production of signs of metal, wood and other materials used for regulating, directing and guiding highway traffic, and for education and information purposes.
Sign Shop Workers exist in only a few agencies with the greatest number in the NYS Thruway Authority.
CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Sign Shop Workers perform a variety of routine and repetitive tasks involving the use of hand, machine and power tools, spray painting equipment and paint brushes in fabricating, painting and repairing standard signs. The tasks are typically specified by guidelines and standards, and are usually performed under the direct supervision of a skilled craftsperson. Highway signs are constructed according to specifications promulgated by the Federal Governments Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Incumbents in learning and perfecting their skills may perform journey-level activities under supervision or after having received detailed instructions. Sign Shop Workers may lead helpers, laborers and other relatively unskilled employees in performing manual tasks involving elementary skills.
Sign Painter is distinguished from Sign Shop Worker by the responsibility for performing skilled sign painting work using a variety of processes and materials. Illustrative tasks performed by Sign Painters include the planning, designing and hand lettering of all types, sizes and patterns of signs; planning, cutting and running silk screen reproduction; sketching and laying out reflectorized signs, and designing of special signs particularly those requiring an artistic effect. A Sign Painter may supervise Sign Shop Workers and other employees who assist in the production and repair of signs; estimate material needs; and order and maintain supplies and equipment for the sign shop.
TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS
As directed, performs a variety of tasks, which may vary by organization, in the fabrication, painting and maintenance of signs, including but not limited to the following:
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Sign Shop Workers have a working relationship with their supervisor and occasionally meet with individuals or groups within a program area for whom signs are being prepared. As assigned, incumbents supervise small work crews characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written and oral communications with others are not typical of this class.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION
Sign Shop Workers are usually supervised by skilled craft positions such as a Sign Painter or a Sign Shop Supervisor 1. Work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed is usually laid out by the supervisor who provides specific instructions, materials and supplies and assists in the more difficult tasks. The work of the Sign Shop Worker is reviewed for adherence to instructions and standards, and for technical competence and quality.
As assigned, a Sign Shop Worker supervises a small crew of relatively unskilled workers by making assignments, giving instructions and providing assistance as required.
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Sign Shop Workers use such equipment as power metal shears, punch press, drill press and band saw to fabricate signs, and paint brushes and spray paint equipment to finish signs.
One year of experience in the production and repair of metal and wood signs.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.