Sound Engineering Technicians

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Median Annual Wage: $49,870

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (31%); Post-secondary certificate (25%); Associate's degree (22%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Broadcast Engineer; Broadcast Technician; Audio Engineer; Recording Engineer; Sound Engineer; Audio Operator; Sound Technician; Master Control Operator; Mixer; Sound Editor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sound Engineering Technicians.

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  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.
  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.
  • Keep logs of recordings.
  • Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.
  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
  • Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
  • Tear down equipment after event completion.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sound Engineering Technicians.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sound Engineering Technicians.

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