Stage Technician

Install rigging, lighting, sound equipment, and scenery, and erect stages.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stage Technicians do?

Installs rigging, lighting, sound equipment, and scenery, and erects stages for theatrical, musical, and other entertainment events in arenas, stadiums, theaters, studios, and other amusement places: Reads stage layout specifications and blueprints and confers with MANAGER, STAGE 159.167-018 to determine type and location of sets, props, scenery, lighting, and sound equipment required for specific event. Assembles props provided by production company, constructs additional props, scenery, or stages, and attaches braces that support scenery frames in upright position, using carpenter’s handtools and power tools. Climbs ladder or scaffolding to ceiling grid, crawls and balances on beams, inserts ends of cables or ropes through ceiling grid, and attaches cables to scenery, curtains, equipment, support pipes, and counterbalance weights [GRIP 962.684-014]. Positions lighting fixtures on and around stage area, clamps light fixtures to supports, connects electrical wiring from fixtures to power source and control panel [LIGHTING-EQUIPMENT OPERATOR 962.381-014], positions sound equipment, such as microphones, speakers, and amplifiers, on and around stage area, and connects electrical lines to power source and mixing console [PUBLIC-ADDRESS SERVICER 823.261-010], utilizing knowledge of electrical codes and use of electrician’s handtools and power tools. Pulls cables that raise and lower scenery, curtains, and equipment [FLYER 962.687-018] and operates lighting and sound equipment during rehearsals and performances, following audio or visual cues.

Should I be a Stage Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Instructional Media Services Technician, Set Electrician, Assistant Chief, Stagehand

    How to become a Stage Technician

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