This music technician describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. He tells us that working with and teaching students is really rewarding because he feeds off of their excitement and inspiration, but it can be quite difficult as well to try to impart knowledge to younger people.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies and in office and school buildings.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically do the following:
-Operate, monitor, and adjust audio and video equipment to regulate the volume and ensure quality in radio and television broadcasts, concerts, and other performances.
-Set up and tear down equipment for events and live performances.
-Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment.
-Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions.
-Convert video and audio records to digital formats for editing.
-Install audio, video, and sometimes lighting equipment in hotels, offices, and schools.
-Report and repair equipment problems.
-Keep records of recordings and equipment used.
Continual on-the-job training can be expected.
Technicians who have work experience and formal training in their field will have the best opportunities for a job. Although some formal apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more senior level technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.
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