Lighting Equipment Operator

Control lighting equipment to cast spotlight on stage performers.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lighting Equipment Operators do?

Controls lighting equipment, such as floodlamps, strip lights, and spotlights from projection room and front or backstage areas of theater to cast spotlight on stage performers: Places spotlights in specified locations in theater and connects wiring for lighting. Moves spotlight to follow movements of performers with beam of light, according to instructions on prepared cue sheet. Turns color wheel, causing light to be diffused through varicolored gelatin disks to change color of light. Cleans and adjusts light, replacing carbons or bulbs as needed. May insert varicolored gelatin sheets in frame to assemble color wheel.


Should I be a Lighting Equipment Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Event AV Operator, Operator, Lights

    How to Become a
    Lighting Equipment Operator

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