An audiovisual technician installs equipment, such as public address systems, speakers, and video presentation hardware. Places like dedicated meeting and exposition halls may have an audiovisual technician on hand to help facilitate the placement and setup of these systems for visiting groups who need their services. Audiovisual (AV) technicians also work for dedicated companies that rent or provide this equipment and these services.
Whatever the employer, the work of an audiovisual technician requires this person to be skilled in setting up and operating a variety of sound and video equipment. This includes running necessary wires and working with available power sources. It can also involve understanding proper setup requiring a wireless connection. If an AV technician works at an expo center or a hotel with many conference rooms, he or she will typically have standard equipment rigs tailored for each specific room, area, and group size.
It is important for an audiovisual technician to not only be fluent in the setup and breakdown of these complicated electronic components, but also familiar with their operation to troubleshoot problems. As such, many companies prefer that candidates for this position have a high school diploma and some sort of relevant post-secondary education, either from a community college or vocational school. Most audiovisual technicians work regular business hours, but fieldwork and occasional travel can be required by the job. Technicians also must often carry heavy gear and should be comfortable with lifting 50-100 pounds as required.
Audiovisual Technician Tasks
Record live presentations by operating microphones, cameras, projectors, and lighting and sound equipment.
Repair and troubleshoot equipment.
Maintain equipment and monitor quality of recording during event.