The Sound Technician, or Audio Technician, installs, operates, and maintains sound and internal communication systems.
SOUND TECHNICIAN ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Receives and understands detailed instructions from the Technician Supervisor about the kinds of equipment and connections are required for a job.
- Places sound equipment into position and secures it. Installs and attaches the wires and cables that connect the various parts of the system.
- Tests all parts of the system during installation to ensure proper functioning.
- Verifies that the equipment is working properly for the purpose it was designed for. Adjusts volume and control knobs to suit the size of the room and the level of other noise.
- Following installation, the technician tests, troubleshoots repairs, and maintains the equipment as necessary.
- 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 equipment; install video and lighting equipment, as needed.
- Report and repair equipment problems.
- Keep records of recordings and equipment used.
Reports to the Engineering Manager. Works with other audio and video technicians.
SOUND TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATIONS
A high school diploma or GED is required; one or more years of vocational training are preferred. Technical certification (e.g., CAE) is desired. This position requires good hearing, good listening skills, and the ability to make decisions quickly and reliably.
SOUND TECHNICIAN PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Ability to communicate orally with management, on-air talent, and coworkers is important Regular use of audio, video, telephone and e-mail for communication is essential. Sitting for extended periods is common. Unimpaired hearing and vision within normal ranges is essential for conversations, to ensure broadcast sound properties are within acceptable ranges, to receive ordinary information and to prepare or inspect documents.
No very heavy lifting is expected. Exertion of up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally may be required. Good manual dexterity for the use of common office and broadcast equipment such as computer terminals, audio machines, mixers, panels, and other boards.
Good reasoning ability is important. Ability to understand and utilize engineering reports and equipment operating manuals to conduct business.
The job is performed indoors in a studio office setting. Activities include extended periods of sitting at computers and/or audio equipment.