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Motion Picture Projectionists

Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor operations to ensure that standards for sound and image projection quality are met.
    • Inspect movie films to ensure that they are complete and in good condition.
    • Start projectors and open shutters to project images onto screens.
    • Open and close facilities according to rules and schedules.
    • Operate equipment to show films in a number of theaters simultaneously.
    • Perform regular maintenance tasks, such as rotating or replacing xenon bulbs, cleaning projectors and lenses, lubricating machinery, and keeping electrical contacts clean and tight.
    • Set up and adjust picture projectors and screens to achieve proper size, illumination, and focus of images, and proper volume and tone of sound.
    • Inspect projection equipment prior to operation to ensure proper working order.
    • Perform minor repairs, such as replacing worn sprockets, or notify maintenance personnel of the need for major repairs.
    • Project motion pictures onto back screens for inclusion in scenes within film or stage productions.
    • Set up and inspect curtain and screen controls.
    • Remove full take-up reels and run film through rewinding machines to rewind projected films so they may be shown again.
    • Install and connect auxiliary equipment, such as microphones, amplifiers, disc playback machines, and lights.
    • Observe projector operation to anticipate need to transfer operations from one projector to another.
    • Insert film into top magazine reel, or thread film through a series of sprockets and guide rollers, attaching the end to a take-up reel.
    • Coordinate equipment operation with presentation of supplemental material, such as music, oral commentaries, or sound effects.
    • Prepare film inspection reports, attendance sheets, and log books.
    • Splice separate film reels, advertisements, and movie trailers together to form a feature-length presentation on one continuous reel.
    • Splice and rewind film onto reels automatically, or by hand, to repair faulty or broken sections of film.
    • Remove film splicing to prepare films for shipment after showings and return films to their sources.
    • Operate special-effects equipment, such as stereopticons, to project pictures onto screens.
    • Clean the projection booth.


    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


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    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Near Vision

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

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.


    • Computers and Electronics

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

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 23640/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 11.37/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 230
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance


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