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Audiovisual Aids Technician Profile

 
Introduction

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  • Finding Suitable Work as an Audiovisual Aids Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Audiovisual Aids Technician Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Audiovisual aids technicians, also known as resources technicians, set up, operate and maintain audiovisual equipment. Detailed technical knowledge of a wide variety of equipment is required, including:

  • slide, overhead, cine and data projectors
  • radios, tape and video recorders, and CD players
  • video cameras, stills and digital cameras, and darkroom and editing equipment
  • digital and analogue sound recording equipment
  • computers and scanners, and computer software such as Powerpoint, Pagemaker and Quark Express
  • reprographic machinery, such as printers and photocopiers
  • binding machines and display systems.

Audiovisual aids technicians in schools or colleges undertake a number of tasks such as training staff in equipment use, producing materials for teaching staff to use, setting up exhibitions and displays, and helping with lighting, sound and special effects in theatrical productions. They test equipment for faults and make simple repairs or send it away for servicing, and order new equipment and materials, completing all the necessary paperwork.

Hours and Environment

A working week is typically 35 to 40 hours Monday to Friday, with occasional overtime. Part-time work is often available. Some school or college based jobs may mean work is during term-times only.

The work is indoors, and usually involves some lifting and carrying of heavy equipment.

Skills and Interests

To be an audiovisual aids technician you should:

  • have good manual skills to set up, operate, repair and maintain equipment
  • have an interest in computers and technology, and be keen to learn different software packages
  • have reasonable strength and fitness
  • have good vision, particularly colour vision
  • have initiative, and work well both in a team and alone
  • be flexible and adaptable to deal with varied tasks
  • be aware of safety issues pertaining to electrical equipment
  • be able to complete the necessary paperwork.

Entry

There are no set qualifications required for entry to this work, although some GCSEs at grades A-C or S grades at 1-3 are usually needed. Any training or qualifications in graphic design, information technology or media and communications would be useful.

Many new entrants have a background in other work such as photography, electronic assembly, computer operating, television and other electronic repair, electrical work, printing and desktop publishing. There is no upper age limit for entry to this work.

Training

Training for audiovisual aids technicians is conducted by senior technicians or teaching staff.

The following courses can be helpful for audiovisual aids technician work:

  • a one-year full-time SQA National Certificate in Photography and Audio Visual Technology - entry is usually with at least four S grades at 1-3, including English and a science or art subject
  • a one-year full-time Intermediate GNVQ Media: Communication and Production, for which there are no set entry requirements, although some colleges ask for GCSEs at least at grade D
  • a two-year full-time vocational A level in Media: Communication and Production for which at least four GCSEs at grades A to C are normally needed.

Some NVQs and SVQs may be useful, depending on the job. These include Desktop Publishing Levels 2 and 3, Graphic Design Level 2, Photography Levels 2, 3 and 4 and Using Information Technology Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Most audiovisual technicians work in schools, colleges and universities, or for organisations such as sales and training departments, conference and exhibition centres and the education departments of local education authorities.

Promotion prospects vary. In small organisations possibilities are limited, but larger organisations may offer senior positions. Relocation may be necessary to secure promotion.

Experienced technicians with relevant qualifications could move into roles such as facilities manager at a convention centre, or a sound or lighting director in concert halls, video production or advertising.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. There are no set salary scales for audiovisual aids technicians. Income is largely dependent on the individuals level of responsibility.

Starting salary is around £12,000 a year.
Experienced technicians may earn around £13,400.
Senior technicians often earn upwards of £14,150 a year.

Further information

Further information about vacancies may be available from local education authorities, careers offices and jobcentres


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