Profession head of workshop

Heads of workshop coordinate specialised workshops that construct, build, prepare, adapt and maintain elements used on stage. Their work is based on artistic vision, schedules and overall production documentation. They liaise with the designers involved in the production, the production team and other services of the organisation.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Plan teamwork

    Plan the working schedule of a group of people in order to meet all time and quality requirements.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • 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.

  • Manage supplies

    Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

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

  • Consult with design team

    Discuss the project and design concepts with the design team, finalise proposals and present these to stakeholders.

  • 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.

  • Manage schedule of tasks

    Maintain an overview of all the incoming tasks in order to prioritise the tasks, plan their execution, and integrate new tasks as they present themselves.

  • 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.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Calculate design costs

    Calculate design costs to make sure the project is financially viable.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Develop project schedule

    Define the project completion stages, and create a timeline. Synchronise necessary activities, taking into account the convergence of production elements. Establish a schedule.

  • Budget set costs

    Prepare set production budgets.

  • Prevent fire in a performance environment

    Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.

  • Plan workshop activity

    Plan workshop activities according to production needs.

  • Lead a team

    Lead, supervise and motivate a group of people, in order to meet the expected results within a given timeline and with the foreseen resources in mind.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Commission set construction

    Meet with specialised set construction companies and commission sets.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Update budget

    Make sure that a given budget remains up to date using most recent and most accurate information. Anticipate possible variations and ensure that the set budgetary goals can be reached within the given context.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • React to emergency situations in a live performance environment

    Assess and react to an emergency (fire, threat, accident or another calamity), alerting emergency services and taking appropriate measures to safeguard or evacuate workers, participants, visitors or audience according to the established procedures.

  • Analyse the need for technical resources

    Define and make a list of the required resources and equipment based on the technical needs of the production.

Optional knowledge and skills

document safety actions write risk assessment on performing arts production archive documentation related to the work manage consumables stock make set construction drawings provide first aid provide documentation perform first fire intervention ensure safety of mobile electrical systems use specialised design software organise training oversee quality control