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when does a Technical illustrator become a senior?

by Stedy76 Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:57 am

Hi, I hope I could ask for some feedback, regarding the subject of becoming a Senior Technical Illustrator I work for a medium sized manufacturing company in the UK and I have had the role of Technical Illustrator since joining May 1999 at the age of 22. I am the only Technical Illustrator in the UK area of the business and I do a lot of varied tasks from black and white line drawings to fully rendered illustrations, poster designs, exploded illustrations, basic animations and other 'creative' tasks. Over the last 5 years I've also taken on the role as Spare parts list Coordinator, so whilst creating the annotated exploded illustrations I now do some authoring and desk top publishing.
I only had basic qualifications under my belt before landing my 'dream job', (BTEC national diploma in graphic design and GNVQ level 2 in art and design) So I'm hoping that the years I've gave the company at a high level of service, should get me recognised as a Senior right? I have no other avenues within the company to advance, unless I ditch the Technical illustrator role, and that would break my heart as this is the profession I want to work in for the long haul.

Any advise/suggestions welcome.
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Re: when does a Technical illustrator become a senior?

by ktague Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:36 pm

I say you're definitely senior material, your years and the volume of work should speak for itself. (I'm only 3 years into being a Technical Illustrator and I've just gotten word that I'm going to soon have the "technical illustrator 2" title.)
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