Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Description

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

Tasks

  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
  • Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, utilizing research, knowledge, and training.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
  • Reserve audiovisual equipment and facilities such as meeting rooms.
  • Record and edit audio material such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Analyze and maintain data logs for audiovisual activities.
  • Maintain inventories of audio and video tapes and related supplies.
  • Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.
  • Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Perform narration of productions, or present announcements.
  • Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.
  • Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.

Knowledge

Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Speed of Limb Movement
The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Audio Technician
Audio Visual Technician
Audio-Visual Production Specialist
Audio/Visual Manager
Audio/Visual Operator
Audiovisual Communications Systems Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Broadcast Technician
Communications Equipment Operating Technician
Communications Technician
Equipment Technician
Instructional Systems Specialist
Laserist
Light Technician
Lighting Equipment Operator
Master Control Engineer
Master Control Operator (MCO)
Media Technician
Multimedia Educational Specialist
Multimedia Production Assistant
Music Sound Light Technician
Operations Technician
Photographer
Photojournalist
Planetarium Technician
Production Assistant
Production Sound Mixer
Projectionist
Projector Operator
Sight Effects Specialist
Sound Controller
Special Effects Designer
Special Effects Specialist
Stage Technician
Stagehand
Technical Director
Television Technician
Theater Technician
Video Control Operator
Video Editor
Video Operator
Video Production Assistant
Video Technician
Videographer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$20.12 hourly, $41,850 annual.
Employment (2008):
54,310 employees