Profession stage machinist

Stage machinists manipulate sets and other elements in 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 stage machinists work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Stage machinists prepare and perform the setup, execute changeovers and operate manual fly bar systems. Their work is based on plans, instructions and calculations.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • 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.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production

    Consult with different people and groups who hold a stake in the production. Be on the same page on the practical side of the production, and keep them up to date.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • 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.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Modify scenic elements during performance

    Change-over of scenic elements during performance, and follow the relevant documentation during performance.

  • Intervene with actions on stage

    Take your cues from actions on the stagte and interact with them. Take decision on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to product a fluid and consistent performance.

  • Prevent technical problems with stage equipment

    Anticipate possible problems with mechanical and electromechanical stage equipment.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

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

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • Draw stage layouts

    Manual drawing or sketching of stage layouts.

  • 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.

  • Operate stage movement control system

    Operate control systems for stage movement, e.g. flying mechanisms. Use manual or electric systems.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • 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.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Set up technical stage equipment

    Install mechanical and technical stage equipment. Test the installation to make sure everything is in working order.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • 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.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Mark the information from the ground plans on the stage area

    Interpret the designs and other scenic drawings to clearly mark the information from the ground plans to the stage area.

  • Draw up artistic production

    File and document a production in all its phases right after the performance period so that it can be reproduced and all relevant information remains accessible.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor developments in technology used for design dismantle the rehearsal set keep personal administration assemble the rehearsal set draw up stage layouts digitally plan teamwork develop professional network maintain moving constructions on stage ensure visual quality of the set manage technical resources stock document your own practice maintain stage equipment for horizontal movement provide documentation lead a team assemble scenic elements on stage ensure safety of mobile electrical systems coach staff for running the performance handle scenic elements during rehearsal prevent technical problems with scenic elements assemble performance equipment maintain system layout for a production adapt existing designs to changed circumstances store performance equipment advise client on technical possibilities promote yourself update design results during rehearsals