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Audio and Video Equipment Technicians - 27-4011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Audio Technician
  • Audio Visual Specialist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Audio/Visual Manager
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • Operations Technician
  • Production Assistant
  • Stagehand
  • Videographer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze and maintain data logs for audiovisual activities.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, utilizing research, knowledge, and training.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.
  • Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
  • Maintain inventories of audio and video tapes and related supplies.
  • Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Perform narration of productions, or present announcements.
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Record and edit audio material such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Reserve audiovisual equipment and facilities such as meeting rooms.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Construct distinctive physical objects for artistic, functional, or commercial purposes.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files.
  • Mix sound inputs.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Set up still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Train others on work processes.
  • Write informational material.
  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Asia-Pacific Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Central Asian Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Photographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Interpretative (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • European Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Interior Communications Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Middle East Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Audio and Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Sound Reinforcement Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Light Technician
  • Stage Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Communications Technician
  • Laserist
  • Light Technician
  • Lighting-Equipment Operator
  • Planetarium Technician
  • Sight-Effects Specialist
  • Sound Controller
  • Special Effects Specialist
  • Stage Technician