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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)
A Day In the Life
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Travis Lemon installs wall-mounted TVs and home theater systems, among other things.
A Day In the Life

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." 

Job 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
AV Technician 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 Good Fit To Become an AV Technician 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

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Grayson College logo

Small Business Audio Engineering Management Certificate

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
Grayson College logo

Audio Engineering Occupational Skills Award Certificate

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College logo

Digital Media Production Option: Audio Engineering and Video Production, A.A.S.

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)
Southern Arkansas University Tech logo

Multimedia Technologies: Film & Video Production Emphasis, A.A.S.

Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden (292.5 Miles)
Southern Arkansas University Tech logo

Film & Video Production Technical Certificate

Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden (292.5 Miles)
Lewis and Clark Community College logo

Photography Certificate of Completion

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey (326.6 Miles)
Lewis and Clark Community College logo

Music Production, A.A.S.

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey (326.6 Miles)
Lewis and Clark Community College logo

Music Production Certificate of Completion

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey (326.6 Miles)
Lewis and Clark Community College logo

Music Production Certificate of Proficiency

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey (326.6 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Video Production Certificate

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Video Production Diploma

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Northeast Community College logo

Media Arts - Recording Studio Production Certificate

Northeast Community College
Norfolk (354.2 Miles)

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