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Working As An AV Technician

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

  • $41,440

    Average Salary

What Does An AV Technician Do At Compass Group, North America

* The candidate must be able to problem solve to troubleshoot and provide solutions for presentation needs under high-pressure circumstances and conferences
* Must have the ability to make immediate decisions in order to provide the client with an immediate solution without any downtime in client meetings
* Must be capable of managing own time, working within the broader IT department areas of responsibility
* Work with state of the art Audio Visual conferencing equipment; including webcast and telephone conferencing
* Must possess Windows desktop maintenance knowledge and/or Microsoft certification a plus
* Be able to upload and display PowerPoint presentations and slide shows

What Does An AV Technician Do At Leidos

* Provide AV and AMX controls programming engineering input to the Installation Design Plan (IDP) to support procurement, configuration management, and certification and accreditation of proposed systems
* Develop functional process diagrams for AV services
* Provide AV and AMX controls programming engineering support focusing on the design, implementation, testing, and maintenance of AV services
* Design, install, provision, configure, optimize, tune, integrate, and administer AV and AMX controls programming solution technologies in a lab environment
* Research and analyze emerging AV and AMX controls programming technologies, techniques, and protocols and making recommendations
* Assist with procurement of hardware, software, and services
* Support the installation of new AV technology components, if required
* Offer contingent upon acceptance of the applicant’s resume by the Government Customer

What Does An AV Technician Do At Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

* Provide a high quality of service to external and internal clients.
* Help set up / install, troubleshoot and maintain technology / equipment.
* Conduct weekly checks to ensure equipment is functioning properly.
* Ensure rooms are fully operational.
* Monitor live feeds to ensure quality, diagnose and resolve problems, and digitize the data.
* Store and maintain the equipment.
* Keep up with technology developments.
* Make recommendations for the use of new technology.
* Ensure new and existing technology is collaborative with the other tools used in the company.
* Serve as an IT ambassador to visiting customers / clients.
* Support the demonstration of Aruba products.
* Provide support to the IT needs of the Executive Briefing Center (EBC).
* Present to customers when necessary.
* Work with a variety of departments and business units who use the EBC.
* Collaborate with the Technical Marketing teams

What Does An AV Technician Do At M. C. Dean, Inc.

* The AV Technician 1 will: Gather requirements from customer documents and develop designs, including single line drawings (in AutoCAD) and Bill of Materials (in Excel).
* Train less experienced staff.
* Oversee assembly and cable work in house and on customer sites.
* Review and approve documents for projects.
* Set up DSP's and other system components.
* Troubleshoot system problems including equipment failures, mis-wirings and programming errors.
* Demonstrate the following capabilities:
* Install and maintain electronic security systems
* Participate in review of design documentation and system for installation and maintenance activities
* Execute installation and maintenance activities within planned durations
* Complete high quality device and component installation activities and maintenance activities
* Participate in configuration of servers, workstations, panels and other programmable components under supervision
* Execute testing to verify high quality installations
* Execute testing to identify and correct system problems at component and system levels as part of system sustainment activities
* Install system raceway
* Install system cabling
* Terminate and test system cabling and all components
* Install equipment racks, enclosures, panels and all mounting hardware components
* Meet all attendance requirements and working hours of the assignment
* Communicate effectively with supervisors
* Incorporate, follow and reinforce all required safety practices at all times
* Complete detailed and accurate as-built, testing, and quality control documentation
* Participate in logistics planning for personnel and equipment
* Perform as a reliable contact for field operations with the customer representatives​
* Attention to detail in the execution of Performance Verification Tests
* Troubleshoot and Repair electronic security systems as well as perform regularly scheduled Preventative Maintenance​
* Strong communication and writing skills

What Does An AV Technician Do At Na Ali'i

* Work with projectors, video conferences, screen displays, and computer
* controls.
* Efficiently pull, terminate, label, and test cabling between audio,
* video, data, and control equipment.
* Correctly and safely mount, test and calibrate equipment including
* projectors, screens, monitors, cameras and speakers.
* Correctly configure and set up equipment per specifications and/or
* drawings.
* Delegate tasks as appropriate to other technicians on a specific job.
* Proactively identify areas of concern in a system design related to
* equipment integration and end-user functionality needs.
* Communicate with the client, project manager, salesperson, and engineer
* with status updates, issues, and suggestions, attending job progress meetings
* as necessary.
* Perform system tests to verify proper functionality and complete system
* testing paperwork.
* Perform client training/orientation on system operation.
* Train and mentor other technicians on equipment wiring and operation.
* Work with subcontractors and/or third parties as necessary.
* Identify integration inefficiencies and propose solutions.
* Programming of equipment and systems.
* Drive company vehicle to customer locations for service and
* installations

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How To Become An AV 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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AV Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    88.7%
  • Female

    10.4%
  • Unknown

    0.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.0%
  • Asian

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    62.2%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Japanese

    6.7%
  • Cantonese

    4.4%
  • Arabic

    4.4%
  • Italian

    4.4%
  • Portuguese

    2.2%
  • Chinese

    2.2%
  • Hebrew

    2.2%
  • Mandarin

    2.2%
  • Polish

    2.2%
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Real AV Technician Salaries

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AV Technical Engineer Pangaia Partners, LLC Paramus, NJ Jan 12, 2015 $56,000
AV Technical Engineer Pangaia Partners, LLC Paramus, NJ Jan 12, 2015 $50,000 -
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AV Technical Engineer Pangaia Partners, LLC Paramus, NJ Dec 01, 2013 $48,000
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Top Skills for An AV Technician

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Top AV Technician Skills

  1. Audio Visual Equipment
  2. Audio Visual Tech
  3. Video Projectors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed the audio visual equipment for the sports bar.
  • Freelance audio engineer and audio visual technician.
  • Set up and operated a wide variety of audio/visual equipment including slide and overhead projectors, audio equipment and video projectors.
  • Installed, set-up, configured and operated audio/video equipment such as Smart Boards and projectors.
  • Support Combat Camera with quarterly cleaning of Sony video cameras and Cannon cameras (lenses, sensors, etc.)

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