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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.

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

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $40,360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.40/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,340
    • Yearly Projected Openings 140
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Media control systems
    • Loudspeakers
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Cassette players or recorders
    • Audio mixing consoles
    Technology
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.