Under general direction, the Graphic Designer and Production Specialist has a dual role working in the computer room and production room.
In the computer room, this position is responsible for creating computer generated vinyl and/or full color graphics output that can be weeded, cut and applied or printed and mounted to a substrate. This may involve various levels of artistic creativity and will ultimately lead to the complete or modified design from customer drawings, files, or exact output of customer-provided design for output to media.
In the production room, this position is responsible for all aspects of the physical construction and assembling of signs from computer cut vinyl and wide format full color printouts. Sign assembly includes preparing substrates and applying vinyl or other media according to written instructions. Also, mounting and/or laminating prints and operating and setting up the laminator for over-laminating, or mounting of digital imaged products is required. Proofreading signs and conducting quality assurance to ensure the accuracy of signs is required.
The following is a representative list of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position:
Prioritize each day to efficiently and cost-effectively schedule the workflow.
Determine the best output method based on the customer’s need.
Read and interpret a Work Order.
Work with co-workers and customers with file transfers, FTP access, photo library options, online proofs, etc.
Determines size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, select style and size of type, and arrange layout based upon available space, aesthetic design, and production requirements.
Prepare comprehensive illustrations, sketches, layouts, and copy for print reproduction according to instructions of client or supervisor.
Allocate appropriate amount of time to each work order.
Inspect jobs for accuracy before sending them to the plotter or printer. Ensure correct material is used for each job and output device settings are accurate.
Customer logo maintenance and sourcing: scanning, editing, using the DFW Hightech Signs Digital Asset Library, etc.; convert graphic files.
Image Sourcing: locate photos, understand copyright laws and release/usage requirements, knowledge of resources to buy stock images, work with service bureaus to create output beyond store capability, and understand resolution options and optimal enlargement specifications from image vendors and image originals.
Provide proofs as necessary, using the DFW Hightech Signs online proofing system, for customer approval.
Perform daily/weekly computer back-ups; archive files as necessary.
Maintain all equipment including computers, plotters and printers (water-soluble printers, thermal transfer printers, solvent ink printers, etc.).
Maintain accurate electronic and paper record of File Storage and Disks (logs, saving by invoice number, dating)
Minimize waste by efficiently using ink, media, laminates, foils and vinyl; notify manager/owner of low inventory.
Communicate with other employees, Sales/Service members on job requirements, timing, and special needs; Sign Maker(s) on job input and output; Production Manager/Center Manager on inventory needs for computer supplies.
Follow a layout to place computer-generated vinyl or full color graphic image(s) on a pre-determined substrate or medium.
Prepare substrates for application. This may include cutting, painting, laminating, cleaning and maintaining the substrates for application.
Weed excess vinyl from computer cut images. Weeding techniques vary with size, type of vinyl and complexity of image. Know how and when to use each technique.
Perform quality assurance measures pre- and post-construction by accurately reading and interpreting a Work Order and then proofing for errors or unacceptable standards (bubbles, rough edges, loose seams).
Perform finishing operations such as laminating, encapsulating, and/or mounting of printed pieces.
Perform vehicle graphic installation and wraps.
Install signs when necessary.
Operate the laminator while maintaining proper fit and settings. Thread laminating or encapsulating material onto the machine, set temperature, pressure, and side guides for proper feeding of material.
Help unload raw materials; clean and maintain storage areas.
Operate Roland Digital Printers.
Operate Graphtec plotter.
Maintain production rate consistency; meet or exceed established minimum rates per hour.
Work on different projects simultaneously.
Run proof sheet and secure approval for production run from supervisor.
Adhere to all company policies, procedures and business ethics codes.
Participate in and practice the DFW Hightech signs sales mentality of “Everybody Sells”. Constantly be looking for sales opportunities for the center. Serve as a backup for answering the phone if the franchise partner, manager and sales/service employees are busy assisting other customers. Assist at the front counter as needed. Understand the sales process enough to consult with customers to determine project needs and solutions.
Sufficient formal or informal education to have a working knowledge of both PC and Mac operating systems.
Previous experience as a graphic designer, sign-related computer operator or in desktop publishing, including an advanced level of experience using Adobe applications.
Pass all assessments/inventories administered during the hiring and training process.
Sufficient formal or informal education to assure the ability to use simple math (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and fractions, as well as converting fractions to decimals and vice versa).
Ability to work under pressure to output high volume, high quality work
Ability to lift 50 or more pounds
Flexibility to lean over a waist-high table and use back forth hand motion to apply vinyl letters and graphics to a substrate
Ability to use light power equipment
Current and unrestricted driver’s license
Knowledge of Versaworks RIP software is required and sign specific software like Omega or Flexi Sign is an added benefit
Three years sign installation (or relevant) experience required
The physical ability to perform all aspects of this job (lifting, climbing, and working at heights of greater than 10 feet)
One week vacation and sick leave
Paid Training Program
Monday – Friday Shifts