sign, display, + screen process

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Sign and Display craftspeople design, fabricate, construct, paint and install interior and exterior signage of all types. This includes lettering for windows and vehicles, plastic and neon signs, as well as for trade shows, office complexes, retail and other locations and for various purposes. Signs are crafted to meet the requirements of the customer using innovative and high quality workmanship to create aesthetically pleasing signs made of materials such as metal, vinyl, glass, Plexiglas, wood, neon and plastic.

Apprentices typically specialize in a particular segment of the industry (e.g. graphic design, fabrication, silk screening, etc.) and learn to use state of the art equipment to perform such jobs as computerized letter fabrication, welding, neon bending, computer routed lettering, screen printing and more.

Program Highlights 

  • On-the-job Experience
  • Cutting, painting, stenciling on various substrates
  • Screen Printing Equipment
  • Computer Software
  • Installation Methods
  • Use and care of state-of-the-art tools and equipment
“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

-Kyle Paulson, Apprentice

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FTI Testimonials

“These are some of the best trained skilled crafts people in the industry, not only have they worked in the crafts and out in the field on job sites but they engage with the union family and union membership.”

- Terry Nelson, District Council 82

“FTI instructors provide us with skilled quality workers and not only do those instructors have the book smarts needed to teach proper technique but they also have direct experience in the field.”

- Clark Anderson, CFO - Swanson Youngdale

“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

- Kyle Paulson, Glazier Apprentice
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Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest. Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

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