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Sign Fabricator

Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/06
Posting End Date: 2024/06/24
Category: Graphic Arts
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Garden City, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 17.00
Maximum Salary: 18.78
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho
Idaho Transportation Department

NOTICE: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date.

STATE OF IDAHO EMPLOYEES: If you are a current or temporary State of Idaho employee you MUST apply through Luma Opportunities. Applying through the State of Idaho’s external career website will cause duplicate profiles and will slow the processing of your application for a new position.

Do you want to make a difference and be part of an award-winning agency, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Idaho through transportation? At the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), every employee is critical to the mission, and we strive to foster an innovative, collaborative workplace where employees can grow and do their best work.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is recruiting for a Sign Fabricator to join our Mobility Services team located at our District 3 location in Boise. This position could be the perfect career opportunity if you have excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment. This position will be responsible for the design, layout, and fabrication of traffic control and informational signs for state highways and/or to be used in a sign and graphics shop to produce a variety of signs.

Incumbents in the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)'s highway sign and graphics shop are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals, fumes, noise, carpentry dust, power tools, and moving machinery and are therefore required to wear protective safety equipment including goggles, respirators, face shield, and ear protector.

NOTE: This position requires a valid driver's license.

Design and layout

  • Operates and maintains PC-based computer-aided design/manufacturing systems for traffic sign fabrication to include various software (Roland Versacamm, Sign Cad, CorelDraw, Flexi-Letter, Flexi-Sign) and database programs, scanners, digitizing tablets, printers, and plotters;
  • Lays out and fabricates special and large diagrammatic signs;
  • Uses specialized equipment materials to layout and manufacture stencils and screens for printing:
  • Provides digital proof for customer review and approval.

Sign Fabrication

  • Designs, lays out, and fabricates large, extruded, aluminum interstate and defense highway signs in accordance with federal and state specifications;
  • Designs, lays out, and fabricates a variety of signs for business use in compliance with institutional, state, and federal signage;
  • Performs carpentry and sheet metal duties in the manufacture of aluminum, and plywood substrate materials;
  • Operates and maintains all associated equipment including wood- and metal-cutting band saws, circular saws, drill presses, punches, finishing machines, grinders, routers, scroll saws, pneumatic drills, rivet guns, metal shears, and corner machines;
  • Lays out and completes final fabrication of special signs using die and plotter-cut legends conforming to Federal Highway Administration standard alphabets and spacing requirements;
  • Manufactures and maintains screen-printing frames;
  • May perform leadwork duties.

Screen printing and substrate sheeting/preparation:

  • Performs screen printing of traffic-control sign panels and decals in accordance with federal and state guidelines.
  • Stretch and prepare frames for screen printing.
  • Applies reflective sheeting and vinyl to various substrates by using automated and manual squeeze roll applicators.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of the characteristics and uses of various materials for sign fabrication.
  • Experience: using hand and power tools and equipment associated with sign fabrication.
  • Physical ability to: frequently bend and stoop; lift and carry objects weighing up to 100 pounds; stand on concrete floor for up to 4 hours during a normal shift.

Specialty Areas:

  • Experience - will be required to operate a small truck and forklift;
  • Experience operating PC-based design software and digital wide-format printers and plotters. 

To learn more about the department, please visit the ITD website. Make a difference in your community and in the lives of the citizens of Idaho! Contact an ITD Recruiter at: [email protected] or call 208-334-8664. The Idaho Transportation Department does not sponsor work visas.

The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information, please visit


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email[email protected]. (If you have a contact for applicant accommodations at your agency, please replace the contact information).

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.