Audio and Video Equipment Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts

Sets up, or sets up and operates 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.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Installs, adjusts, and operates electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnoses and resolves media system problems.
  • Switches sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Mixes and regulates sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Compresses, digitizes, duplicates, and stores audio and video data.
  • Notifies supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Performs minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Designs layouts of audio and video equipment and performs upgrades and maintenance.
  • Conducts training sessions on selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
  • Monitors incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notifies directors of any possible problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Audio Technician --
  • Audio Visual Specialist --
  • Audio Visual Technician --
  • Audio/Visual Manager --
  • Broadcast Engineer --
  • Master Control Operator (MCO) --
  • Operations Technician --
  • Production Assistant -- Responsible for the administration, organization and secretarial work involved in producing a programme.
  • Stagehand -- Assists in the assembly and disassembly of show productions.
  • Videographer --