- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- leadership skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- design skills and knowledge
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Depending on your role, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- interpreting a lighting designer's plan
- carrying out risk assessments for health and safety purposes
- planning where to run cables and place lights at film locations
- helping to rig and check the equipment
- taking cues from the stage manager in theatre or the floor manager in TV
- programming and operating manual and computer-controlled lighting systems taking down the equipment after shows or filming
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a film studio, on a film set, at events, in a theatre or at a TV studio.
Your working environment may be hot, outdoors some of the time, at height and you may spend nights away from home.
You could work on more complex events, or specialise in areas like electrical safety, inspection and testing, pyrotechnics or rigging.
You can find out more about careers in production lighting from ScreenSkills.
You can get more information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.