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Production Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Assists a director in a variety of functions including communicating instructions, setting up, operating and maintaining production equipment, fabricating props and arranging sets and performing similar responsibilities for remote field production or assists in writing, reporting and editing field segments for air on a news or news magazine program.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and not part of a series. It may be a training position to prepare individuals for future career positions in broadcasting if so designated. Maximum time in position will be two years, with no obligation to place trainee in a permanent staff position.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assists director for various programs by communicating instructions/direction from director to performers and performing ancillary duties as requested.
  • Serves as videographer or cameraperson on remote coverage or in the studio.
  • Serves as floor manager by relaying information to/from studio to/from director in control room via hand signals or audio head sets during rehearsals and shooting; ensures instruction are carried out.
  • Serves as technical director by operating control board in control room.
  • Performs pre-production work such as setting up microphones, arranging sets, preparing copy and performing related clerical duties.
  • Fabricates props and sets for television production.
  • Sets up equipment required for production; performs routine repairs or reports malfunctions to appropriate staff; properly stores equipment after use.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of production equipment such as teleprompters, videotape recorders, audio equipment and light sets.
  • Assists, or under supervision, reports, produces, directs, edits and writes educational instructional or public interest material.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of production equipment.
  • Knowledge of technical media production activities.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Media Arts, Mass Communications or related field AND one year of experience in a Television/Broadcast related areas; OR, Five years of Television/Broadcast related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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