The audio/visual (AV) technician helps provide needed equipment for events and may operate that equipment as well. The technician also helps maintain all gear and keeps specialized equipment organized. Companies and business that host events and conventions (and the technical providers that work with these venues) are the typical employers for AV technicians. Many larger hotels host events and presentations on a daily basis and have an AV technician on staff, and many school districts employ AV technicians as well.
The technician must have a good understanding of the acoustic and viewing challenges for each space in which AV equipment will be used. They then make recommendations to the client on necessary equipment. The technician performs all equipment setup and ensures that all gear is working properly. Additionally, they handle smaller details such as ensuring electrical cords are organized and taped down as necessary to ensure guest safety. The technician may also be called upon to operate the equipment for the clients during any presentations. Another aspect of the AV technician’s job is the proper maintenance and handling of all AV gear. Additionally, the AV technician is normally required to keep a log of all gear under his or her care, including items that are out for repair.
Frequently, a high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position, as well as experience in the field. AV technicians typically work during regular business hours, but they may need weekend and holiday availability for events as well. The job requires a mix of office and on-location work setting up equipment, and it requires the technician to comfortably lift 50 pounds or more fairly routinely.
Audio/Visual Technician Tasks
- Clean, maintain, and update equipment, including software and batteries.
- Troubleshoot and resolve equipment and technical problems.
- Transport, set up, and re-pack video, sound and electronic equipment in various locations.
- Research potential equipment purchases.