Audiovisual (AV) technicians, also known as AV support technicians, set up, program, operate and maintain all types of audiovisual equipment in conference, exhibition or learning environments. Typical equipment includes slide, overhead and multimedia projectors, DVD, CD, video recorders and players, PA systems, video conferencing tools, stills and video cameras, darkroom facilities, sound engineering and video editing suites, lighting, control rigs, and reprographic equipment. The role is often combined with that of IT technician, with responsibility for PCs and peripherals, such as scanners and printers.
Technicians may be employed directly by a school, college or university, an exhibitions company or specialist AV services supplier. Other employers include larger organisations with their own AV departments, such as local authorities and larger public bodies.
On a day-to-day basis AV technicians' duties include:
Senior technicians may be responsible for coordinating a team of support staff in carrying out the above duties.
For IT technical support roles see profile for IT Support Technician.
A working week is typically 35 to 40 hours, Monday to Friday, with occasional overtime. Part-time work is often available. Some school or college based jobs may mean work is during term times only. Conference and exhibition jobs will often include evening and weekend work.
The work is indoors, and usually involves some lifting and carrying of heavy equipment. Travel between sites is often required, so a driving licence would be useful.
As an audiovisual technician, you should:
Audiovisual technicians are employed in the education sector by schools, colleges and universities, and the events sector by conference and exhibition organisers. They also work for specialist AV service providers and equipment suppliers.
Promotion prospects vary. In small organisations possibilities may be limited, but larger organisations may offer structured career routes.
Experienced technicians with relevant qualifications could move into roles such as AV support department manager, facilities manager at a convention centre, or a sound or lighting director in a theatre or concert hall. With additional training in engineering, opportunities may exist in the broadcast equipment manufacturing sector.
For roles in broadcasting and the media, see the technical profiles in the Performing Arts, Broadcast and Media jobs family.
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