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

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Operate lighting equipment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Focus lighting equipment

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

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • De-rig electronic equipment

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

  • Rig lights

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

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Distribute control signals

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

  • Assess power needs

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

  • 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.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Operate dimmer equipment

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

  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems

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

  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain lighting equipment

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

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

  • 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.

  • Prevent technical problems with lighting equipment

    Anticipate possible technical problems with lighting equipment.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • 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.

  • Install lighting

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

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

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

  • Provide power distribution

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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