Profession lighting technician

Lighting technicians setup, prepare, check and maintain equipment in order to provide optimal lighting quality for live performances and motion pictures. They cooperate with road crew to unload, set up and operate lighting equipment and instruments.

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Personality Type


  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • Focus lighting equipment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Distribute control signals

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems

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

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • Provide power distribution

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

  • Maintain lighting equipment

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

  • 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.

  • De-rig electronic equipment

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

  • Install lighting

    Set up, connect and test lighting equipment in a live performance environment.

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

  • 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.

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • 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.

  • Rig lights

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

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

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

  • 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.

  • Prevent technical problems with lighting equipment

    Anticipate possible technical problems with lighting equipment.

  • Operate dimmer equipment

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Source: Sisyphus ODB