What is an Audio and Video Equipment Technician?

An audio and video equipment technician is someone who sets up and fixes audio and video equipment, such as televisions, stereo components, home theatre systems, video projectors and monitors, recording equipment, microphones, and speaker systems. Audio and video equipment technicians can be found working at concerts, meetings and conventions, presentations, news conferences, sports events, or in an electronics store. They may also spend significant time traveling to customers’ homes and places of business.

Also known as: Video Technician, Audio Technician, Audio Visual Specialist, Audio Visual Technician

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What does an Audio and Video Equipment Technician do?

Audio and video equipment technicians generally do the following:

  • Install electronic equipment and devices, such as televisions and speaker systems
  • Inspect malfunctioning equipment and devices
  • Read and interpret electronic circuit diagrams, specifications, and service manuals
  • Take apart equipment and repair or replace loose, worn, or defective parts and wiring
  • Calibrate, tune, or adjust equipment and instruments to specified performance levels
  • Test equipment and parts after installing or repairing them
  • Make service calls to customers’ homes or bring equipment or parts to shops for major repairs
  • Teach customers the safe and proper use of audio and video equipment

Audio and video equipment technicians install, troubleshoot, and fine-tune sound and picture quality, ensuring that a client’s entertainment system works at its peak capability. They work on many types of equipment, including customer’s televisions, stereos, satellite dishes, and surround-sound systems. They may specialize in one or many kinds of products. When working on small portable equipment, such as DVD players and video cameras, technicians generally work in central repair shops. When repairing less mobile equipment, such as big-screen televisions or video projectors, however, they must travel to the customer’s location (home or business). If the job is overly complex, technicians may take the equipment back to the shop for further work.

An audio and video service technician's work involves many different tools. For example, they may use basic hand tools, such as screwdrivers, hammers, and wrenches, to disassemble and reassemble components. They may also use more sophisticated diagnostic tools, including multimeters, voltmeters, oscilloscopes, and digital storage scopes, to identify electronic malfunctions, such as short circuits and failed capacitors. Because of the growing complexity of entertainment systems, service technicians frequently consult schematics and manufacturers' specifications for instructions on how to repair certain issues.

What is the workplace of an Audio and Video Equipment Technician like?

Depending on the work environment in which an audio and video service technician is employed, they may be required to work directly with clients and/or performers to determine their specific audio and video equipment needs. Given the wide variety of events and projects for which audio and video equipment is necessary, such as home installations, concerts, sporting events, conventions, conferences, and many others, the opportunities for an audio and video technician are very good.

Job prospects for audio and video technicians are expected to be generally good in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project employment numbers to increase by approximately 13 percent between 2008 and 2018.

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