Profession automated fly bar operator

Automated fly bar operators control the movements of sets and other elements in a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Automated fly bar operators prepare and supervise the setup, program the equipment and operate automated fly bar systems, rigging systems or systems for horizontal movement. Their work is based on plans, instructions and calculations. The manipulation of heavy loads close to or above performers and audience makes this a high risk occupation.  

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  • Prevent technical problems with flying equipment

    Anticipate technical issues with flying equipment and prevent them where possible.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

    Make sure to set up equipment according to deadlines and time schedules.

  • Consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production

    Consult with different people and groups who hold a stake in the production. Be on the same page on the practical side of the production, and keep them up to date.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • Maintain moving constructions on stage

    Check, maintain and repair electrical and mechanical elements of stage elevators and stage traps.

  • Draw up stage layouts digitally

    Draw and design stage settings and layouts using software like CAD.

  • Operate stage movement control system

    Operate control systems for stage movement, e.g. flying mechanisms. Use manual or electric systems.

  • Maintain stage equipment for horizontal movement

    Execute maintenance activities on electro-mechanical equipment for horizontal movement on stage level.

  • Draw up artistic production

    File and document a production in all its phases right after the performance period so that it can be reproduced and all relevant information remains accessible.

  • Mark the information from the ground plans on the stage area

    Interpret the designs and other scenic drawings to clearly mark the information from the ground plans to the stage area.

  • Write risk assessment on performing arts production

    Assess risks, propose improvements and describe measures to be taken on a production level in performing arts.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adjust plans to other locations with regards to the artistic concept.

  • Prevent technical problems with stage equipment

    Anticipate possible problems with mechanical and electromechanical stage equipment.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Operate automated stage movement control system

    Operate an automated controlling system for stage movement and flying systems. Prepare and program the system including multiple synchronised movements.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Set up technical stage equipment

    Install mechanical and technical stage equipment. Test the installation to make sure everything is in working order.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Adapt to artists' creative demands

    Work with artists, striving to understand the creative vision and adapting to it. Make full use of your talents and skills to reach the best possible result.

  • Interact with actions on stage

    Take cues from actions on the stage and interact with them. Decide on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to produce a fluid and consistent performance.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop professional network lead a team maintain control systems for automated equipment adapt existing designs to changed circumstances maintain system layout for a production assemble performance equipment assemble scenic elements on stage plan teamwork store performance equipment promote yourself coach staff for running the performance provide documentation update design results during rehearsals monitor developments in technology used for design perform first fire intervention keep personal administration handle scenic elements during rehearsal advise client on technical possibilities assemble the rehearsal set document your own practice manage technical resources stock follow safety procedures when working at heights dismantle the rehearsal set

Source: Sisyphus ODB