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Sound Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Controls audio equipment for performances in a public events facility or theater. Ensures that each contractual agreement on the audio needs for a performance are met. This classification requires a flexible work schedule, which includes evening, nights and weekend work. Incumbents may be required to lift heavy equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and not part of a series. This classification is distinguished from the Theater Technician series in that the majority of work performed involves the controlling and operating of audio equipment.

Examples of Duties:

  • Operates audio mixing console to regulate volume level and quality of sound during performance.
  • Make audio tape recordings for musical productions.
  • Confers with supervisor, production company representatives and/or facility users to determine audio requirements for each production; determines what is feasible with equipment available.
  • Performs repairs such as replacing recording heads, computer cards or chips and re-wiring cables.
  • Trains and provides work assignments and direction to assistants who assist in operating the sound system.
  • Inventories and requisitions parts for electronic and electrical equipment.
  • Makes recommendation for purchase of audio equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skill in operating audio related equipment such as mixing consoles, tape recorders and signal processing equipment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in theatrical production or related field AND two years of audio engineering experience; OR, Four years audio engineering experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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