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GRAPHICS ASSISTANT

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GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
198E
Abolished Date: 2019-07-01

Definition

Produces illustrative materials for print and non-print media using a variety of production steps, methods and techniques.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level perform graphics production activities involving a variety of steps and techniques including creating photomechanical art, layout, proofreading galleys, handlettering, freehand or technical drawing, and photographic reproduction, in order to produce publications, charts or graphs, signage, drawings, or other illustrative materials.  

Positions work under technical guidance and work is reviewed in process and upon completion.  Positions may conceptualize and design repetitive projects or assigned portions of larger projects.  

Note:  For the purposes of this specification, the term illustrative means to make clear or more easily understood through the use of drawings, charts, or other materials.

Typical Work

Produces camera-ready materials for reproduction;  

Lays out and produces charts, graphs, and diagrams;  

Creates freehand technical drawings from instructions or sample;  

Handletters signs, posters, and certificates;  

Produces drawings and other illustrative materials for publications and/or presentations;  

Cuts mats; mounts photographs;  

Operates graphics lab equipment; 

Proofs galleys for type, style, and format;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  basic mechanical drawing, tracing, and lettering techniques; methods of representing numerical data in charts or graphs; materials and methods available and typically used in composing layouts of printed and illustrated matter; requirements and limitations of offset and other duplicating processes as reflected in choice of lettering, line thickness, half-tones, etc., to be reproduced; sources of supply of layout and illustrative materials.   

Ability to:  conceptualize and plan effective and attractive graphic material; maintain and use basic drafting, lettering, and layout materials; understand and coordinate requirements of persons requesting work with materials and methods available for production; make paste-ups of typeset work, and operate duplicating equipment.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience in graphic arts production.

OR 

Two years of college-level training in graphic arts, illustration, drafting or closely allied field.

Class Specification History

Revised minimum qualifications April 18, 1974
Revises definition and minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics, and title change (formerly Graphics Aide) March 10, 1978
Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Graphics Artist) September 11, 1987
New class code: (formerly 26750) effective July 1, 2007

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