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Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 440

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.55 - $32.92

Typical Annual Salary: $40,700 - $68,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, using research, knowledge, and training.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.

tools & technology

  • Audio mixing consoles
  • Cassette players or recorders
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Loudspeakers
  • Media control systems

  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Word processing software

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