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Become An Audio Visual Technician

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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

Audio Visual Technicians set up and operate equipment used to enhance live events, such as microphones, video recorders, and projectors. They may also perform minor equipment repairs and troubleshooting.

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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Real Audio Visual Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Project Manager, Audio Visual Technical Operations Maritime Mobile Communications, LLC Miramar, FL May 14, 2015 $70,000
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. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 18, 2012 $60,000
Audio and Video Technical Director Eskimo Products, Inc. Solvang, CA Nov 23, 2016 $60,000
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Preco, Inc. Burbank, CA Oct 23, 2013 $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 Visual Technology Engineer Two Sigma Investments, LLC New York, NY Aug 29, 2015 $50,000
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 and Video Equipment Technicians Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA Oct 30, 2013 $45,136
Audio & Video Equipment Technician Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA May 04, 2015 $45,136
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Full Gospel First Church of Washington Alexandria, VA Nov 30, 2009 $43,930
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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