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Audio & Video Equipment Technicians

Also called: Audio Visual Technician, Production Assistant, Master Control Operator (MCO), Broadcast Engineer

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Communications
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iMovie
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Web page creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$41,850
per year, on average
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