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LEARNING THE TRADE …
In this blog we feature two of our Certificate III Signage
apprentices. Mark is currently in the second year of his studies and Scott has just started Year 1. Both study block-release at the Signage Training Centre, Polytechnic West in Midland. We were keen to find out what our apprentices were learning at the moment.
'Tell us about a recent project – what were the challenges and how did you overcome them?’
In this particular project we were asked to take a very
pixelated design of the "Belle of Lincoln" and re-vectorize it, making any changes we felt necessary in SignLab Pro. Then, using vinyl, we had to produce the design in reverse on a 1m
x 1m piece of clear acrylic. The lecturers marked us on such things as:
- Organizational procedures and processes for hand and computer controlled machinery.
- Use appropriate processes, tools and equipment to carry out tasks.
- Apply correct techniques to set up materials for production
- Produce products in accordance with job specifications and drawings
- Identify faults and problems and take necessary action to
The biggest challenge was re-creating the design in Sign Lab
mainly due to the fact that the design was so heavily pixelated. Looks like a really nice job Mark!
'In my first block release I learned so much!
With the ‘West Build’ sign project we covered scale and how to take a small logo and scale it up to the size of a building.
Our second project involved making a Holden logo out of wood, creating contrasts in an eye catching way. To achieve the smooth lion we applied a vinyl overlay and then sandblasted the background to create a rough contrast background. The final step was to paint with a wood stain and clear coat, covering the basics of using a spray gun.
For me the biggest challenge was the vectorising as this was a completely new skill me. I was also introduced to the programme ‘SignLab’ which I’m looking forward to finding more about down the track.'
Well Done Scott - a great start to your apprenticeship!