Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Audio and Video Equipment Technicians include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 42.67% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 25.07% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Diagnose and resolve media system problems.

    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.

    Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, using research, knowledge, and training.

    Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.

    Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.

    Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.

    Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.

    Analyze and maintain data logs for audio-visual activities.

    Reserve audio-visual equipment and facilities, such as meeting rooms.

    Perform narration of productions or present announcements.

    Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.

    Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.

    Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.

    Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.

    Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.

    Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.

    Design layouts of audio and video equipment and perform upgrades and maintenance.

    Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notify directors of any possible problems.

    Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.

    Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.

    Record and edit audio material, such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.

    Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.

    Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.

    Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.

    Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.

    Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.

    Maintain inventories of audio and videotapes and related supplies.

    Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.


Wireless microphones

Wired microphones

Videotape duplicating equipment

Videoconferencing equipment

Television monitors

Step ladders

Sound boards

All Tools

Soldering irons

Slide projectors


Projection screens

Power drills

Portable speaker systems

Plasma televisions

Personal computers

Overhead display projectors

Noise meters

Motion picture projectors

Microphone mixers

Master control switchers

Man lifts

Loudspeaker sets

Liquid crystal display LCD projection systems

Light boards

Laser pointers

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Integrated speaker systems

Digital voltmeters DVM

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital camcorders

Digital audio recorders

Desktop computers

Compact disk CD burners or players

Claw hammers

Cassette players

Audiovisual A/V mixers

Audioconferencing systems

Audio presentation systems

Assistive amplification systems


Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Computer aided design CAD software


Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

All Technologies

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple iMovie


Cisco IOS

Cisco Systems WebEx

Corel Ulead DVD Workshop

Voice over internet protocol VoiP system software



Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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