7316-Sign Writers, Decorative Painters, Engravers and Etchers

Job Title: 

Sign Writers, Decorative Painters, Engravers and Etchers

Job Description: 

Sign writers, decorative painters, engravers and etchers decorate articles made of wood, metal, textiles, glass, ceramics and other materials. They plan, lay out and paint letters, figures, monograms and designs to make signs and engrave and etch ornamental and floral designs on glass and other articles.


Tasks include:

  • painting decorative free-hand designs on objects, such as pottery, glass, cigarette cases, lampshades
  • transferring from paper transfers decorative or ornamental designs on articles
  • integrating and developing visual elements, such as line, space, mass, colour, and perspective, in order to produce desired effects such as the illustration of ideas, emotions or moods
  • laying out and painting in one or more languages letters, figures, monograms and designs to make signs
  • sketching or tracing design or lettering onto work piece or pattern material to prepare pattern or stencil designing pattern or lettering to paint work pieces, such as signs, glassware, pottery or zinc plates
  • using software and routing equipment to produce 3D carved images for application onto larger signage as well as engraved and inlaid signs
  • designing and producing normal flat cut lettering or lettering that is shadowed with applied vinyl or lettering that is ready cut for application
  • writing, painting, or printing signs or show cards used for display or other purposes
  • cutting out letters and signs for display purposes from wallboard or cardboard, by hand or machines, such as electrically powered jigsaw or bandsaw
  • examining sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut or engraved onto work pieces
  • measuring and computing dimensions of lettering, designs or patterns to be engraved
  • engraving and printing patterns, ornamental designs, etchings, trademarks, figures or lettering onto flat or curved surfaces of a wide variety of metal, glass, plastic or ceramic items
  • etching decorative designs, calibration markings and other figures on glass articles
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

Aerographing decorator (ceramics)
Brush painter (except construction)
Glass sandblaster

Specific Occupations: 

Glass engraver/etcher

Glass and ceramic painter/decorator

Other engravers and related decorative painters

Source Of Info: 

Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore