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We've been creating custom signage for over 25 years with no sign (excuse the pun) of slowing down.  Our team is deep with talent, creativity, knowledge, and care for our clients and each other. We believe that designing and building with our clients' best interest in mind builds great relationships. We look for long-term employees that have a passion for what we do and work hard together within our casual environment.

Because we're looking out for our employees, we offer a comprehensive compensation package including competitive salary, health care, PTO, sick leave, and a retirement plan that is employer matched at 3%.  We're also strong believers in work-life balance and encourage our employees to take time off so they can refresh and come back to making awesome signage. 

Interested in being a part of our team?  Fantastic!  Check out our current openings below.  Don't see the right position for you?  Send us a message and we'll let you know if something becomes available.  Either way, we're excited to hear from you.

 


Position:  Sign Designer

Northwest Sign & Design has an immediate opening for a full-time sign designer 


Position Overview:
 
The Sign Designer designs and prepares concepts for electrical and non-electrical signage including exterior signage, interior signage, channel letters, wayfinding, environmental graphics, monuments and other forms of visual art and custom displays. This individual is a self-starter, capable of delivering brilliant creative ideas, and shows amazing attention to detail.  The Senior Sign Designer prepares sign designs from information provided by our sales team, project managers, and clients. That information may come from client supplied ideas, a sign program, or the designer may be requested to provide an original design that aesthetically meets the client’s needs. Sign Design requires the effective use of typography, graphics, color, and space that is balanced and visually pleasing. The complexity of the designs varies which requires flexibility in adapting to each individual project.

We are recognized for excellence in design — bringing distinctive solutions to every project. We collaborate with clients across a wide array of markets including small and large businesses, architects, developers, contractors, and city governments. Join our collaborative design practice as a sign designer for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career.

This position works with members of the design department, sales, sales support, project management, fabrication, and others to complete the vision and mission of the company as well as provide outstanding customer service.  This role adheres to and promotes Northwest Sign and Design’s values by performing respective duties in a manner that supports and contributes to the achievement of company goals.

Responsibilities:

1. Work with a design team to design concepts for electrical and non-electrical signage including exterior signage, interior signage, channel letters, wayfinding, environmental graphics, monuments and other forms of visual art and custom displays.
2. Collaborate with and support the Creative Director and a small team of engineers, production designers, project managers, and salespeople. 
3. Prepare concepts using Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe Creative Suite applications.
4. Coordinate with the engineering team to develop design intent and production drawings.
5. Prepare final documentation and production-ready artwork for a variety of applications.
6. Complete ADA programming and sign schedules
7. Use of ERP system for a variety of daily task and project management
8. Reviewing final layouts and suggesting improvements when necessary.
9. Work with detailed wayfinding projects of all sizes including wayfinding schedules and programming
10. Be accountable to team, budget, and schedule while upholding the highest design standards.
11. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Required qualifications:

• 5+ years of professional experience in environmental graphic design, signage design, wayfinding or similar studio experience 
• Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills that work well in an interdisciplinary, fast-paced environment
• Strong presentation skills; writing skills a definite advantage 
• Experience with planning, documentation, and management of environmental graphics, wayfinding and signage projects 
• Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) and MS Office 
• Familiarity with architectural construction documents, scales, sections, plans, and elevations; proficiency in drawing in scale 
• Qualified knowledge of ADA sign code
• Knowledge of sign fabrication methods and materials
• Experience with wayfinding programming and scheduling 

Desired Education/Training:
 
• Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, environmental graphics, architecture, visual communication or related field is desired
• Proven experience, work history, and portfolio work may be substituted for education on a case by case basis.  

Experience:
 
• Sign design, wayfinding, environmental graphics, and other high-end visual arts
• Computer-aided design
• Color, layout, fonts and other forms of graphic design

Environment and/or Physical Factors:

• Professional office setting
• Routine use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, digital cameras, etc.
• The employee is frequently required to sit for long periods of time
• May be required to attend staff meetings

Desired Qualifications:

• Proficiency in Sketch-up, Revit, or other 3D modeling and rendering software
• Knowledge of Solidworks
• Knowledge of electrical signage design and fabrication
• Knowledge of LED lighting 

Portfolio:
 
• A personal portfolio that contains examples of fully developed projects and concepts is required in print or digital format.

Attach your resume below to apply!

 


 

Position: Vinyl Graphics Applicator and Assembler

Northwest Sign & Design has an immediate opening for a full-time Vinyl Graphics Applicator and Assembler.

The Vinyl Graphics Applicator and Assembler will be responsible for all aspects of producing various signage within the vinyl department including ADA, dimensional letter assembly, and wayfinding.

To be successful in this position you will need to be achievement-oriented, determined to attain set goals, have attention to detail, act with integrity and professionalism, able to meet the needs of internal and external customers, and have strong problem-solving skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Accurately measure, cut, and lay materials for various signage according to shop drawings.
  • Construct plotter files and operate a vinyl plotter to cut graphics and designs, as well as make patterns for the installation department.
  • Maintain quality control for the signage and installation checks (patterns, hardware, etc.).
  • Maintain equipment and cleanliness of the work area.
  • Able to follow instructions and work unsupervised.
  • Load and unload materials on to and off workstations.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Qualifications:

  • Technically savvy and experienced with modern software tools. 
  • Understand the different materials involved in signage manufacturing.
  • Ability to operate roller to roller laminator.
  • Ability to facilitate paint mask creation and installation.
  • Must be able to read and understand drawings, plans, and specs.
  • Knowledge and confidence to share while being willing to learn.
  • Good math skills.
  • Solid analytical skills to solve problems.
  • High safety awareness.
  • Be knowledgeable in ADA.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely organized with the ability to multi-task.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs on a consistent basis.
  • Able to work standing for prolonged periods of time.

Previous experience working in a sign company or related artistic field is a HIGHLY PREFERRED. We may accept candidates with transferable skills.

 


 

Position:  Journey Level Sign Installer or Experienced Apprentice Level Installer

Northwest Sign & Design has an immediate opening for a journey level sign installation/service expert.

Responsibilities:

  • Completing the installation of all types of signage using a variety of equipment including bucket trucks, ladders, and lifts, efficiently and safely.
  • Must be able to complete labor-intensive work repeatedly, including loading signage onto trucks, lifting 50 lbs., climbing ladders, digging footings, etc.
  • Managing truck inventory to ensure it is properly stocked before leaving the shop.
  • Performing site surveys.
  • Reading and working to plans, communicating any discrepancies to the appropriate person.
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and solve problems.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in electrical engineering or other related fields
  • Familiarity with electrical schematics, blueprints, and manuals
  • Familiarity with electrical equipment and hand tools
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with both internal and external customers.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Have general construction knowledge.
  • Have clean driving record with CDL
  • Have a crane certificate
  • 04 Electrical license, required

Attach your resume below to apply!

 


 

Position:  General Fabricator/Sign Assembly

The Assembler will work on many projects from shop drawings to when the project ships or is picked up. This individual will be responsible with the coordination of management, for organizing incoming requests and establishing accurate timelines to meet fabrication scheduled and project completion dates.

To be successful in this position you will need to be an achievement oriented, determined to attain set goals, have a high attention to detail, capable of working in a team environment and individually, and acts with integrity and professionalism.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assembly and/or fabrication of electrical and non-electrical signs according to job sheet instruction.
  • Accurately measuring and precisely cutting materials involved in the assigned work including Vinyl cutting using PC and Graphtec cutter.
  • Using hand, bench and standalone equipment including, but not limited to, sanders, drills, grinders, die grinders, cutoff saws, manual sheet metal breaks, sheet metal rolls, shearing equipment, table saws, soldering iron, etc.
  • Understanding of different materials involved in signage manufacturing
  • Assembling crates and packaging the finished signage
  • QC review, installation checks (patterns, hardware, etc.)
  • Reading and understanding technical drawings.
  • Ability to follow instructions and work unsupervised.
  • Loading and unloading materials onto and off workstations.
  • Fabricating channel letters, clouds, raceways, including but not limited to trim cap, channel bending, paint prep, low voltage wiring, etc.
  • General housekeeping.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Functional and Technical Competencies:

  • Sheet metal work experience and other sheet metal machinery highly regarded.
  • Technically savvy and experienced with modern software tools.

Education/Training and Certification, Licensure, Registration Requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • Forklift License ideal

Experience:

  • 1 year of manufacturing and/or general sign experience preferred
  • Training is available for candidates with a basic knowledge of tools AND an ability to work well with written and or verbal directions

Environment and/or Physical Factors:

  • Ability to lift 50lbs on a consistent basis.
  • Able to work standing for prolonged periods of time.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and confidence to share while being willing to learn.
  • Good math skills.
  • Solid analytical skills to solve problems.
  • Must be able to read and understand drawings, plans and specs.
  • High safety awareness.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely organized with ability to multi-task.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Attach your resume below to apply!

 


 

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