Media Equipment Operator

Media Equipment Operators, a subset of a larger performing arts technicians category, provide technical and mechanical support for the production, recording, and broadcasting of programs of an artistic, educational, or newsworthy nature. Cameramen, gaffers, soundcheckers, and light and sound technicians may all be included in this category.

Duties and tasks

  • Adjusting volume and other sound equipment
  • Maintaining and operating radio, television, and movie production transmitters and other associated equipment
  • Performing minor repairs upon equipment as needed
  • Positioning and adjusting lighting as needed
  • Positioning equipment in appropriate places during programming or recording
  • Running technology as needed
  • Selecting cameras for particular shoots and positioning cameras appropriately

Skills required

  • Active listening
  • Manipulating gauges, controls, or switches on machinery
  • Mechanical ability
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Use of critical thinking, logic, and reasoning

Working conditions

Media Equipment Operators work in many settings. They can be found in television studios, radio stations, on movie shoots, or in live theatres. They are essentially needed whenever media is being prepared for shooting or recording.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Creative Industries Skills Council
The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association

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  • Broadcasting Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Technician
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  • Production Crew Member
  • Security System Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Telecommunications Technician