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Working As An Audio Visual Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $46,390

    Average Salary

What Does An Audio Visual Technician Do

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.

Duties

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Operate, monitor, and adjust audio, video, lighting, and broadcast equipment to ensure consistent quality
  • Set up and take down equipment for events and live performances
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment or computers, sometimes using complex software
  • Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions
  • Convert video and audio records to digital formats for editing on computers
  • Install audio, video, and lighting equipment in hotels, offices, and schools
  • Report any problems that arise with complex equipment and make routine repairs
  • Keep records of recordings and equipment used

These workers may be called broadcast or sound engineering technicians, operators, or engineers. At smaller radio and television stations, broadcast and sound technicians may do many jobs. At larger stations, they are likely to do more specialized work, although their job assignments may vary from day to day. They set up and operate audio and video equipment, and the kind of equipment they use may depend on the particular type of technician or industry.

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians share many of the same responsibilities, but their duties may vary with their specific area of focus.

Audio and video equipment technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment. They also connect wires and cables and set up and operate sound and mixing boards and related electronic equipment.

Audio and video equipment technicians work with microphones, speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, and recording equipment. The equipment they operate is used for meetings, concerts, sports events, conventions, and news conferences. In addition, they may operate equipment at conferences and at presentations for businesses and universities.

Audio and video equipment technicians may also set up and operate custom lighting systems. They frequently work directly with clients and must provide solutions to problems in a simple, clear manner.

Broadcast technicians set up, operate, and maintain equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and ranges of sounds and colors for radio or television broadcasts. They operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs and use computer programs to edit audio and video recordings.

Sound engineering technicians operate computers and equipment that record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions. They record audio performances or events and may combine tracks that were recorded separately to create a multilayered final product. Sound engineering technicians operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs and use computers to program the equipment and edit audio recordings.

The following are examples of types of broadcast and sound engineering technicians:

Recording engineers operate and maintain video- and sound-recording equipment. These engineers work with computers, computer networks, and software to produce special effects for radio, television, or movies.

Sound mixers, or rerecording mixers, produce soundtracks for movies or television programs. They rerecord songs or compositions that already have been commercially released. After filming or recording is complete, these workers often dub the final product by adding or removing sounds.

Field technicians set up and operate portable equipment outside the studio—for example, for television news coverage. Because this coverage requires so much electronic equipment and the technology is changing so rapidly, many technicians are assigned exclusively to news coverage teams.

Chief engineers, transmission engineers, and broadcast field supervisors oversee other technicians and maintain broadcasting equipment.

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How To Become An Audio Visual Technician

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically need postsecondary education. Depending on the work they do, it could either be a postsecondary nondegree award or an associate’s degree.  

Education

Audio and video equipment technicians, as well as sound engineering technicians, typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or certificate, whereas broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. However, in some cases workers in any of these occupations may need only a high school diploma to be eligible for entry-level positions.

Postsecondary nondegree programs for audio and video equipment technicians and sound engineering technicians may take several months to a year to complete. The programs include hands-on experience with the equipment used in many entry-level positions.

Broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. In addition to courses in math and science, coursework for prospective broadcast technicians should emphasize practical skills such as video editing and production management.

Prospective broadcast and sound engineering technicians should complete high school courses in math, physics, and electronics. They must have excellent computer skills to be successful.

Training

Because technology is constantly improving, technicians often enroll in continuing education courses and they receive on-the-job training to become skilled in new equipment and hardware. On-the-job training includes topics such as setting up cables or automation systems, testing electrical equipment, learning the codes and standards of the industry, and following safety procedures.

Training for new hires can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the types of products and services the employer provides. Although some apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more experienced technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by most employers, earning voluntary certification will offer advantages in getting a job as a broadcast or sound engineering technician. Certification tells employers that the technician meets certain industry standards and has kept up to date with new technologies.

For example, the Society of Broadcast Engineers offers eight broadcast engineering certifications, two operator certifications, and two broadcast networking certifications. All of them require passing an exam. Similarly, InfoComm International offers an audiovisual Certified Technology Specialist credential.

Other Experience

Practical experience working in a high school or college audiovisual department also can help prepare someone to be an audio and video equipment technician.

Advancement

Although many broadcast and sound engineering technicians work first in small markets or at small stations in big markets, after they gain the necessary experience and skills they often transfer to larger, better paying radio or television stations. Few large stations hire someone without previous experience, and they value more specialized skills.

Experienced workers with strong technical skills can become supervisory technicians or chief engineers. To become chief engineer at large television stations, technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technicians need to communicate with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that clients’ needs are met and that equipment is set up properly before broadcasts, live performances, and presentations.

Computer skills. Technicians use computer systems to program equipment and edit audio and video recordings.

Manual dexterity. Some technicians set up audio and visual equipment and cables, a job that requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Others adjust small knobs, dials, and sliders during radio and television broadcasts and live performances.

Problem-solving skills. Technicians need to recognize equipment problems and propose possible solutions to them. Employers typically desire applicants with a variety of skills, such as setting up equipment, maintaining the equipment, and troubleshooting and solving any problems that arise.

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Audio Visual Technician Career Paths

Audio Visual Technician
Lead Technician Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Audio/Visual Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Project Manager Partner
Co-Owner/Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Videographer Production Manager Art Director
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
AV Technician Technician Operations Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Specialist Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Project Manager General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Videographer Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Audio Engineer 3.5 years
Media Technician 2.9 years
Audio Technician 2.8 years
Sound Technician 2.8 years
Light Technician 2.8 years
Video Technician 2.7 years
Technician 2.6 years
AV Technician 2.5 years
Event Technician 2.5 years
Audio Installer 2.1 years
Audio-Visual Aide 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 12.8%
Technician 7.5%
Cashier 4.9%
Manager 3.6%
Supervisor 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.0%
Internship 6.9%

Audio Visual Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.8%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

French

10.8%

German

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Russian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Portuguese

2.2%

Polish

1.7%

Mandarin

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Swahili

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Kutchi

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%
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Audio Visual Technician Education

Schools

Full Sail University

21.3%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Columbia College Chicago

6.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.1%

University of North Texas

4.9%

Auburn University

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.2%

San Francisco State University

4.0%

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

3.7%

Appalachian State University

3.5%

Grand Valley State University

3.5%

Howard University

3.3%

College of DuPage

3.3%

New England Institute of Art

3.3%

Institute of Audio Research

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Delgado Community College

3.0%

Old Dominion University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%
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Majors

Communication

12.2%

Photography

10.9%

Business

10.7%

Music

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Computer Science

5.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

4.7%

Engineering

4.3%

Computer Networking

3.9%

Digital Media

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Entertainment Business

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Journalism

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Other

26.0%

Associate

14.9%

Masters

7.6%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Audio Visual Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Signals Audio/Video Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 25, 2014 $66,206
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Black Watch Productions Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jan 03, 2014 $60,029
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Preco, Inc. Burbank, CA Oct 23, 2013 $60,000
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Preco, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 18, 2012 $60,000
Audio Video Equipment Technician Shining Star Community Church Falls Church, VA Jul 10, 2016 $58,448
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Oct 10, 2012 $55,744
Audio and Video Technician Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Apr 14, 2011 $55,744
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP New York, NY Apr 16, 2008 $55,000
Audio Visual Technician David C Yang DBA Laservision World Los Angeles, CA Nov 20, 2015 $53,914
Audio & Video Equipment Technicians Southern California Sleep Disorders Specialists Anaheim, CA Jun 30, 2010 $51,979
Audio/Video Technician Signals Audio/Video Inc. El Segundo, CA Jun 23, 2011 $49,275
Audio Visual Technician Academy Records Inc. New York, NY Mar 13, 2012 $46,883
Audio & Video Equipment Technician Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA May 04, 2015 $45,136
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA Oct 30, 2013 $45,136
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Full Gospel First Church of Washington Alexandria, VA Nov 30, 2009 $43,930
Visual Technician Pixelpool Inc. Portland, OR Sep 30, 2015 $43,597
Audio Visual Technician Swank Audio Visuals LLC East Palo Alto, CA Jan 01, 2010 $42,700
Audio and Video Equipment Technician GPA USA, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 25, 2010 $41,886
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Damon Productions Carson, CA Jan 21, 2010 $41,886
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Technomedia Solutions, LLC Orlando, FL Mar 05, 2011 $41,740
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Global Life Enrichment Center Santa Ana, CA Sep 01, 2011 $40,789
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Canal Music Audio, Inc. New York, NY Dec 19, 2012 $39,799
Audio-Video Technician Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Nov 18, 2009 $39,799
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Xedit Corporation Queensbury, NY Aug 13, 2008 $39,653
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Inter Technologies Corporation Springfield, VA Oct 01, 2011 $39,100
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Inter Technologies Corporation Hampton, VA Oct 01, 2011 $39,100

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Top Skills for An Audio Visual Technician

VideoProjectorsSet-UpWirelessMicrophonesAudio/VideoEquipmentVideoCamerasCustomerServiceAudioVisualEquipmentTechnicalSupportSoundSystemsCrestronSpecialEventsLCDPolycomDVDPowerpointLiveEventsVTCPCInternetWindows

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Top Audio Visual Technician Skills

  1. Video Projectors
  2. Set-Up
  3. Wireless Microphones
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided classroom technical support, which included operation and maintenance of video projectors, and sound equipment from industry standard manufacturers.
  • Planned and set-up sound reinforcement for Concerts, Shows, Speakers, Conference, and Festival events for the entire St.
  • Set up and operation of all audio systems - wireless microphones, mixers, large sound boards, speakers and amplifiers.
  • Set and strike meeting rooms with Audio/Video equipment.
  • Set up and operation of video cameras for video recording and streaming of events/conferences.

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