Audio-visual technician | Selby College
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Audio-visual technician

Audio-visual technicians install and operate visual, sound and lighting equipment at conference centres, schools, colleges and events.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £36,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • setting up and testing equipment
  • finding and dealing with faults
  • operating equipment during rehearsals, peformances and events
  • checking and servicing equipment
  • managing equipment bookings
  • training other people in how to use equipment
  • carrying out safety checks on AV equipment for organisations or venues

You could work at a college, at a university or at a conference centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With experience, you could manage an audio-visual department, specialise in lighting or sound design, or become an events manager. You could also move into equipment and services sales.

You could work self-employed or freelance, for example installing audio-visual equipment in people's homes.

You can find out more about audio-visual careers and training from ScreenSkills.

You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.

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