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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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Draw up stage layouts digitally

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

  • 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.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Write risk assessment on performing arts production

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

  • Maintain moving constructions on stage

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

  • Set up technical stage equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Operate stage movement control system

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

  • 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.

  • Prevent technical problems with stage equipment

    Anticipate possible problems with mechanical and electromechanical stage equipment.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

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

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • 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.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

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

  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

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

  • 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.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Prevent technical problems with flying equipment

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

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • 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.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

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

  • Maintain stage equipment for horizontal movement

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

  • Intervene with actions on stage

    Take your cues from actions on the stagte and interact with them. Take decision on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to product a fluid and consistent performance.

  • Use communication equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

Optional knowledge and skills

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