An Audio Visual Technician sets up, tests, operates, assesses, and repairs equipment required for live events, such as music concerts, sporting events, virtual classrooms, video conferences, such as Skype or Webex, and entertainment shows. These individuals work with projectors, sound systems, microphones, sound mixing equipment, overhead projectors, video cameras, recording equipment, adjust amplifiers, video screens, speakers, and lighting. They aid educators, program producers, recording production engineers, and presenters to generate sound, images, and videos to produce CDs, DVDs, as well as TV and film productions.
Technicians work with producers and directors and keep track of equipment inventory and fix equipment issues.
They should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must be good team players.
Technicians monitor each project, from the beginning to the on-site implementation, by estimating all requirements for sound, projection, and lighting. They work with the sales team and provide them with technical suggestions and assistance.
Technicians work with the technical director to come up with the technical and production requirements for various events, including timelines, equipment, and budgeting, across a variety of events. They perform extensive site assessments to make sure that they meet financial resources, room compliance, and MSI production specifications.
Technicians work together with creative design and sales teams to establish precise and in-depth staging designs and specifications. They run crews for shows and manage all facets of project and staging deliverables.
Technicians work in close contact with exhibitors, vendors, and event sponsors to ensure that all details of events are taken care of. They also formulate an event budget and ensure that all relevant details are covered by it.
Technicians prepare and revisit statements of work, including precise budgets and timelines. They make suggestions to their team members on multimedia projects, including the purchase of equipment.
Technicians perform testing of audio-visual equipment and fix issues related to video, audio, switching, and control systems.
Besides using computer systems for multimedia projects, they use word processing software.
Prospects for Audio Visual Technicians
Employment opportunities for broadcast and sound engineering technicians are estimated to grow eight percent during the ten-year period 2016-2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for them is expected from enterprises, entertainment houses, and schools, which want to improve their audio-visual capabilities, the government agency adds. These organizations require technicians to arrange, operate, maintain, and repair cutting-edge technological equipment. InfoComm International provides a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) course, which is a recognized certification for audio-visual technicians.
Educational Qualifications and Other Requirements
Most employers prefer to hire candidates with a GED or a high school diploma in audio-visual technology or digital media. A bachelor's degree in communications or broadcasting is also accepted, says study.com.
Technicians need to move, assemble, maintain, and fix equipment. They should be conversant with cameras and lighting techniques and know how to use software and editing equipment.
In addition to possessing the ability to do physical work, they need to have good eyesight and hearing.
The average salary of an Audio Visual Technician in the United States is $55,155, according to salary.com.
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