Profession lighting technician

Lighting technicians are responsible for installing and operating lighting equipment according to a specific light plan. Lighting technicians work at various events and shows.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

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  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Operate dimmer equipment

    Set up, connect and operate dimmer equipment (with plug and socket) in a live performance environment.

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

  • Assess power needs

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

  • Operate lighting equipment

    Operate lighting equipment used during production of movies, commercials, animations and other visual productions to create an atmosphere with light.

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • De-rig electronic equipment

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

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain lighting equipment

    Check, maintain and repair electrical, mechanical and optical lighting elements.

  • Provide power distribution

    Provide power distribution for light, stage, sound, video and recording purposes.

  • Maintain dimmer equipment

    Check and operate dimmer equipment. Take the appropriate steps if the equipment is defective, correcting the defect yourself or forwarding it to a specialised repair service.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • Rig lights

    Rig, connect, try out and de-rig lighting equipment.

  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • 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.

  • Focus lighting equipment

    Focus already installed conventional lighting equipment, based on directions and information from somebody on the floor.

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Install lighting

    Set up, connect and test lighting equipment 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems

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

  • Distribute control signals

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

  • Prevent technical problems with lighting equipment

    Anticipate possible technical problems with lighting equipment.

  • 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.

  • Focus stage lights

    Focus, direct, adjust and tune stage lights, either alone or leading a group. Coordinate with the team to determine the optimal lighting.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage signoff of an installed system adapt artistic plan to location use technical documentation work with the director of photography rig automated lights develop professional network manage technical resources stock read lighting plans manage consumables stock maintain system layout for a production cinematography personal directing styles check material rescources consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production operate follow spots operate a lighting console create solutions to problems analyse the need for technical resources keep personal administration document your own practice translate artistic concepts to technical designs safeguard artistic quality of performance electricity promote yourself keep up with trends maintain automated lighting equipment follow directions of the artistic director set up generators draw up artistic production set up follow spots advise client on technical possibilities consult with production director create artificial light maintain electrical equipment perform first fire intervention set up light board

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