Profession intelligent lighting engineer

Intelligent lighting engineers set up, prepare, check and maintain digital and automated lighting equipment in order to provide optimal lighting quality for a live performance. They cooperate with road crew to unload, set up and operate lighting equipment and instruments.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Distribute control signals

    Distribute control signals between light boards, dimmers and other lighting equipment. Control systems can be either DMX or network based.

  • Set up light board

    Install, connect and try out light board in a live performance environment.

  • 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.

  • Prevent technical problems with lighting equipment

    Anticipate possible technical problems with lighting equipment.

  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution independently. Measure and power up an installation.

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • 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.

  • De-rig electronic equipment

    Remove and store various types of electronic equipment safely after use.

  • 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.

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • Assess power needs

    Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

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

Optional knowledge and skills

perform first fire intervention maintain electrical equipment maintain lighting equipment maintain system layout for a production plot lighting states maintain dimmer equipment rig lights manage signoff of an installed system rig automated lights consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production keep personal administration provide power distribution plot lighting states with automated lights adapt artistic plan to location translate artistic concepts to technical designs safeguard artistic quality of performance promote yourself document your own practice maintain control systems for automated equipment manage consumables stock manage technical resources stock develop professional network maintain automated lighting equipment advise client on technical possibilities draw up artistic production