What Does an Audio Visual Technician Do?

Vancouver Audio Visual Careers

The job title “Audio Visual Technician” a broad category that describes an entry level position into live event production. It’s often the starting point for specializing in Audio, Video, Lighting, or Event Management.

There are a lot of ways to describe the Audio Visual Technician job, but they generally vary widely across the world. AV techs come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Typically, Audio Visual Technicians have the following background:

  • Musician
  • Disc Jockey (DJ)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Gaming
  • Hospitality

No matter what your background is, the skills below are a fairly accurate representation of what is required and expected of audio visual technicians.

Required Soft Skills

Since an Audio Visual Technician has direct interaction with clients as well as other team members, the skills below are very beneficial.

  • Personal hygiene: Clean, professional appearance when interacting with clients.
  • Oral communication skills: Describing the issue accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Written communication skills: Being able to fill out paperwork accurately.
  • Time management: Being able to prioritize tasks in environments that are sometimes chaotic.

Required Technical Skills

Below is a list of technical equipment that an Audio Visual Technician is expected to operate as a part of their job. Some companies will require you to have this knowledge already and other companies will be willing to train you on-the-job.

  • Audio Equipment
    • Analog Audio Consoles
    • Digital Audio Consoles
    • Wireless Microphones – Frequency coordination
    • Wired Microphones
  • Lighting Equipment
    • Leko Stage Lights
    • LED Uplights
    • Basic DMX Programming
  • Video Equipment
    • Laptop Setup (Mac & PC)
    • Projector Setup
    • Basic video switching
    • Tripod Screen Setup
    • Fastfold Screen Setup
  • Stage & Set
    • Stage Decks
    • Pipe & Drape

Helpful Skills

The skills below are considered optional by most companies but will certainly help your ability to succeed in making Audio Visual Technician your career:

  • Drivers License
  • Ability to drive large vehicles (Sprinter Van, 3-Ton, 5-Ton)
  • Flexible work schedule

Please see the video below for more information on what an Audio Visual Technician is.


Kettner Creative is a full service audio visual (A/V) company located in Vancouver, BC. We rent Audio, Video, Lighting, Drape and LED Furniture for events. If you’re interested in our services for an upcoming event – Please contact us!