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Details for Audio and Video Equipment Technicians


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.


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


  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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