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What Does an AV Technician Do?

Good AV technicians are rarely seen or heard, but their work behind the scenes ensures that a client’s message is loud and clear. Audio video technicians set up and run the sound and video equipment used to conduct and share live events including meetings, classes, sporting events, conventions, news conferences and concerts.

AV technicians operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, sound and mixing boards. AV technicians may also set up and operate custom lighting systems. They connect wires and cables, set up rooms according to diagrams and they may also do electrical wiring and basic construction.

AV technicians work in many commercial and residential settings. Both focus on creating the best user experience, but commercial AV techs typically interact with a go-between while residential AV techs typically interact with the people who will be using the equipment every day. They often work nights and weekends.

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AV technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment for broadcasts and live events
Once the broadcast or event has started, much of an AV technician’s work has already been done. If it’s done well, the presentation will be seamless. (Credit: ThisisEngineering RAEng/Unsplash)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Set up and operate sound and video equipment
  • Confer with clients to establish directions and timing
  • Create and install custom lighting systems
  • Monitor sound and video feeds to ensure quality
  • Test and resolve equipment issues
  • Mix sound inputs and feeds
  • Maintain inventory of equipment
Education + Training

Employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for an entry-level position. AV technicians wishing to advance in the field will benefit from an associate degree in audiovisual technology or digital media. Degree programs cover the basics of audio technology, video technology, projection systems, film and TV production and post-production techniques, lighting and computer graphics. Some employers look for Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification.

You May be a Fit for this Position If You
  • Have a good eye for image quality and a good ear for sound 
  • Have good communication skills
  • Like to travel and enjoy a changing work environment
  • Are good at troubleshooting
  • Are comfortable working with computers
  • Are physically fit and can lift heavy equipment

AV Technician training in your area


Video Technology Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Design and Media Production Technology - Video Technology Diploma

Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta (0.0 Miles)

Studio Photography Certificate

Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville (0.0 Miles)

Radio, Television & Film, A.A.S.

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (0.0 Miles)

Audio Production Technologies, A.A.S.

Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale (0.0 Miles)

Communication Media-Video Production Option, A.A.S.

Brookdale Community College
Lincroft (0.0 Miles)

Video Design and Production, A.A.

Antelope Valley College
Lancaster (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Photoshop for Photographers Certificate

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

Digital Music and Beat Production Certificate

Schenectady County Community College - SUNY
Schenectady (0.0 Miles)

Communication Design - Videography & Motion Graphics, A.A.S.

Elgin Community College
Elgin (0.0 Miles)

Sound Recording Technology, A.A.S.

Del Mar College
Corpus Christi (0.0 Miles)

Technical Theatre Certificate

Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia (0.0 Miles)
Travis Lemon installs wall-mounted TVs and home theater systems, among other things.
Meet Ambassador Travis Lemon

Travis Lemon didn’t have any idea that he was even interested in electronics. But the 38-year-old West Virginia native started selling TVs — and then delivering and installing them. From there, his new career as an AV technician took off.

His favorite part of the job? "I like delivering the 'Wow' factor." 

Find AV Technician Jobs in Your Area


Media Assistant

Suffolk University
Boston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Audio Video Examiner

Bethesda ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 4 weeks ago

Audiovisual Senior Technician

Presentation Products
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Freelance: Video Technician

The Juilliard School
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

(KVL - Houston, TX) On-Call AV Technician

KVL Audio Visual Services
Houston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 10 months 2 weeks ago

(KVL - NYC) Certified Rigging Lead

KVL Audio Visual Services
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 6 months ago

AV Production Technician

Millennium Partners
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Pro Audio/DJ/Lighting Specialist

Sam Ash Music
Edison ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago