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Sound Engineering Technicians - 27-4014.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Operator
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Master Control Operator
  • Mixer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
  • Create musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects, commercials, or film postproduction.
  • Keep logs of recordings.
  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.
  • Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.
  • Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.
  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Tear down equipment after event completion.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Mix sound inputs.
  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Select materials or props.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Communication Signals Collection Operator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Mixer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Manager, Sound Effects
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recordist
  • Rerecording Mixer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound-Effects Technician
  • Tape Transferrer