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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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Median Salary $
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Jobs Available
8,190+
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

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Video/Audio Communication Arts - Digital Cinema Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (0.0 Miles)

Music Technology Certificate

Mott Community College
Flint (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology: Emphasis in Photography Certificate

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)

Audio Production Technologies Certificate

Glendale Community College
Glendale (0.0 Miles)

Television and Radio - Video Production, A.S.

Pasadena City College
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Simulation and Game Development, A.A.S.

Pitt Community College
Winterville (0.0 Miles)

Live Audio and Lighting Certificate

Central Arizona College
Coolidge (0.0 Miles)

Digital Filmmaking Certificate

Westchester Community College - SUNY
Valhalla (0.0 Miles)

Entertainment and Media Arts, A.A.S.

South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado (0.0 Miles)

Film and Television, A.S.

Antelope Valley College
Lancaster (0.0 Miles)

Audio Engineering Studio Track Certificate Level 1

Collin College
McKinney (0.0 Miles)

Black & White Film Certificate

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Travis Lemon
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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

Coordinates

Audio Visual Technician

The School District of South Orange and Maplewood
Maplewood ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 9 months 2 weeks ago

Video Production Specialist

Prescient Edge
Tampa ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 6 months ago

AV - Field Technician

Presentation Products
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

Entertainment Technician-Specialty

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Allentown ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Stage Lighting and Sound Assistant - POOL

University of Kansas
Lawrence ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Audio Video Production Co-op

Cincinnati State
Hamilton County ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Simulation Center Audio/Visual Technician

Columbia University
New York ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Technical Theater Coordinator (Theater Technician II) (20086177)

City of Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago