Summary of occupation
Audiovisual technicians set-up, operate and maintain audiovisual equipment used in film, television and theatre production. They assist film, television and theatre production crews in the filming, broadcasting or staging of films, television programs and live performances. They may also work with music producers offering technical support during the recording of music and sound works. They assemble and operate equipment that is used in the recording, mixing and editing processes, and in audiovisual projection for live performance or public presentations. Audiovisual technicians work mostly in major cities and occasionally larger regional centres where there may be a need for audiovisual production and presentation.
Audiovisual technicians set-up, operate and maintain audiovisual equipment used in film, television and theatre production.
An audiovisual technician needs:
- an interest in audiovisual technology
- organisational skills
- technical and practical aptitude
- problem-solving skills
- the ability to work as part of a team.
Audiovisual technicians may work on film and television sets, in the studios or workshops of video or sound recording and editing facilities, or in the audiovisual departments of organisations such as universities or large companies. When working on-set, their hours may vary, but if working in recording facilities or audiovisual departments they usually work regular hours - they may be required to work longer hours at times. They may also be required to travel to venues and work outdoors on the installation and operation of audiovisual presentations.
On average, audiovisual technicians, classified under performing arts technicians, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an audiovisual technician develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Audiovisual technicians need to be familiar with a wide range of audiovisual equipment, the components they are comprised of and that connect them together. They use audiovisual equipment for recording, production, mixing and for live presentations. They also use a range of electronic testing equipment, as well as electrical hand tools to install and maintain these.
You can work as an audiovisual technician without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a formal qualification in media for film and television, or technical operations for live production, theatre and events.
The Certificate III in Media (Film and Television) and Diploma of Sound Production are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The live production, theatre and events (technical operations) visions systems traineeship, or the live production, theatre and events (technical operations) audio traineeship takes 12 to 24 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.