Audio & Video Technicians

AV technician

Audio and video technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment for live events, television, and motion pictures
AV technician
Are you the 'go-to' person with your friends and family to solve their technology problems? Learn how to do it professionally and get paid!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Put your knack for technology to work!, Learn how to operate and repair the latest tech products. Enable communication or many people and install smart offices.

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Audio Technician, Audio Visual Specialist (AV Specialist), Audio Visual Technician (AV Technician), Media Technician, Operations Technician, Stagehand, Video Technician
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Audio Technician, Audio Visual Specialist (AV Specialist), Audio Visual Technician (AV Technician), Media Technician, Operations Technician, Stagehand, Video Technician
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Your Typical Day:

  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Record and edit audio material, such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Design layouts of audio and video equipment and perform upgrades and maintenance.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Mix sound inputs.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 78/100

  • 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. 77/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 76/100

  • Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 68/100

  • Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture. 65/100

  • 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. 64/100

  • 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. 60/100

  • 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. 52/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 52/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 50/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Loudspeakers
  • Microphones
  • Media control systems
  • Cassette players or recorders
  • Audio mixing consoles
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Ladders
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Videoconferencing systems
  • Plasma screens
  • Notebook computers
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
  • Projection screens or displays
  • Soldering iron
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Stage or projection or studio lighting system
  • Televisions
  • Public address systems
  • Compact disk players or recorders
  • Digital voice recorders
  • Liquid crystal display projection panels
  • Digital video disk players or recorders
  • Lasers
  • Overhead projectors
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Film projectors
  • Claw hammer
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Screwdrivers
  • Audioconferencing systems
  • Power drills
  • Slide projectors
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
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