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Become A Light Technician

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Working As A Light 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 A Light Technician Do At CBRE

* Complies with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency and Company directives related to building operations and work safety.
* Performs assigned day-to-day repairs, emergency and preventive maintenance.
* Completes maintenance and repair records as required.
* Reviews assigned work orders.
* Estimates time and materials needed to complete repair.
* Orders necessary materials and supplies to complete all tasks.
* Assists with installation and modification of building equipment systems.
* Assists with troubleshooting and repairs of buildings and installed systems to include: plumbing systems, kitchen equipment, roofs, drains, shop, and HVAC.
* Inspects new installation for compliance with building codes and safety regulations.
* Maintains lighting systems throughout the facility, cleaning fixtures and replacing bulbs and lamps.
* Maintains grounds of facility or property performing such tasks as raking, sweeping, leaf blowing or snow removal.
* Performs welding, carpentry, furniture assembly and locksmith tasks as needed.
* Responds quickly to emergency situations, summoning additional assistance as needed.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position

What Does A Light Technician Do At Nabholz Construction Serv

* Assemble, install, test, and maintain lighting controls and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
* Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
* Replace failed ballasts, drivers, or transformers; damaged sockets/tombstones; and or other components within the confines of lighting fixtures.
* Test lighting systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using testing devices such as an ohmmeter or voltmeter to ensure compatibility and safety to system.
* Train workers to install, maintain, or repair lighting controls, equipment, and fixtures.
* Use a variety of tools and equipment such as power equipment, measuring devices, and power tools.
* Repair or replace lighting controls and fixtures using hand tools and power tools.
* Work from ladders, scaffolds, personnel lifts, and roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.
* Construct and fabricate parts, using specifications given and necessary hand tools.
* Perform physically demanding tasks, such as moving and lifting heavy objects.
* Other responsibilities as necessary

What Does A Light Technician Do At George Washington University

* physical set up and teardown of sets and furnishings; designing studio lighting, programming the lighting control board, setting dimmer levels and physically moving lights into position on the overhead grid; setting up audio mics on the set and talent; acting as Floor Manager; running TV studio cameras; and operating control room equipment such as the video switcher (TD), the character graphics generator(CG operator), the audio mixer(audio engineer), the teleprompter and the REC/PB server system.
* They will coordinate closely with faculty and engineering management for scheduling and to ensure appropriate technical maintenance and upkeep of sets and equipment

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How To Become A Light 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.  


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.


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.


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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Light Technician Career Paths

Light Technician
Crew Chief Flight Engineer Pilot
Assistant Director Of Operations
5 Yearsyrs
Audio Technician Technical Director Chief Engineer
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lighting Designer Technical Director Audio Visual Technician
Audio/Visual Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Senior Project Manager Chief Executive Officer
Board Member
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Chief Technology Officer Chief Information Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
AV Technician Lead Technician Senior Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Technician Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Instructor Program Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
AV Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lighting Designer Master Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Audio Visual Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Audio Visual Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Operations Manager Assistant Director
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician General Manager Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Production Director
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Light Technician Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Swedish

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Icelandic

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Hungarian

  • Tahitian

  • Hebrew

  • Carrier

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Top Skills for A Light Technician


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Top Light Technician Skills

  1. Audio Equipment
  2. Video Equipment
  3. Tech
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted and sold professional audio equipment on eBay; developed and maintained a database of clientele.
  • Designed layout of audio and video equipment for the banquet area and the auditorium.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Performed set-up and operation of lighting equipment for small to medium sized musical venues.
  • Replaced ballasts, pulled wire, removed old light fixtures, installed exit signs, and replaced wall switches and sensors.

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