Profession pyrotechnician

Pyrotechnicians control the pyrotechnical elements of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Pyrotechnicians prepare the pyrotechnics, supervise the setup, steer the technical crew, program the equipment and operate the pyro system. The use of explosive and combustible material close to performers and audience makes this a high risk occupation.  

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • 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 technical resources stock

    Manage and monitor technical resources stock to ensure that production demands and deadlines can be met at all times.

  • Obtain pyrotechnic permits

    Obtain the appropriate administrative permits and licences for use and transport of pyrotechnics and weapons.

  • Work safely with chemicals

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

  • Operate pyrotechnical control

    Take the necessary steps to operate pyrotechnical effects during a performance.

  • Set up pyrotechnical equipment

    Make sure the pyrotechnic equipment for a performance is set up and ready for operation.

  • Plan pyrotechnical effects

    Plan the pyrotechnical effects for a performance. Develop an artistic vision into a plan, taking safety into account.

  • 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.

  • Manage consumables stock

    Manage and monitor consumables stock to ensure that the production demands and deadlines can be met at all times.

  • Perform first fire intervention

    Intervene in the case of a fire in order to extinguish the fire or limit the effects pending the arrival of emergency services according to training and procedures.

  • 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.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Store pyrotechnical materials

    Safely store materials used for pyrotechnical stage effects.

  • Test pyrotechnical effects

    Test pyrotechnical effects before a performance to make sure they work smoothly and safely.

  • 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.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Build pyrotechnical devices

    Build devices needed for the pyrotechnical effects in a performance.

  • 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.

  • Instruct on set up of equipment

    Instruct others on how to properly and safely set up equipment according to specifications and regulations.

  • Work safely with pyrotechnical materials in a performance environment

    Take necessary precautions while preparing, transporting, storing, installing and operating with pyrotechnical materials and explosives of class T1 and T2.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

Optional knowledge and skills

document safety actions adapt artistic plan to location adapt existing designs to changed circumstances pack electronic equipment keep up with trends interpret artistic intentions adapt to artists' creative demands coordinate purchasing activities ensure safety of mobile electrical systems translate artistic concepts to technical designs de-rig electronic equipment support a designer in the developing process