NOC 5223 – Graphic arts technicians


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  • detailer, sign layouts
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  • graphic arts renderer
  • graphic arts technician
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  • multimedia graphics technician
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  • photo stencil maker
  • photograph retoucher
  • photographic airbrush artist
  • photographic colourist
  • photography colourist
  • poster layout designer
  • renderer, graphic arts
  • rendering specialist
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  • sign painter
  • sign writer
  • silkscreen stencil cutter
  • silkscreen technician
  • stencil marker
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Job Duties

Graphic arts technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review the graphic designer’s instructions
  • Produce or assist in developing and producing design concepts
  • Capture elements such as titles, text, drawings, illustrations, graphics, lettering and colour harmonization, using a computer
  • Produce computerized images and drawings
  • Digitize images using peripherals and transform them using retouching systems, graphic palettes or specialized software
  • Perform the layout, page make-up and placement using the conceptual mock-ups provided
  • Produce proofs and camera-ready materials and prepare film and any other prepress materials
  • Paint or ink individual cells of 2-D or 3-D animated drawings according to animator’s specifications using an electronic palette
  • Lay out, draw or paint letters, figures, logos and designs for windows, advertisements, billboards, vehicles, books and publications using specialized software or painting equipment
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Employment Requirements

  • A college diploma in commercial or graphic arts, computer graphics or animated design is required.
  • Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required.
  • Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.

Additional Information

  • Progression to graphic designer positions is possible with experience or supplementary training.


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