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Job Description

Lighting Technicians will set up and operate lighting equipment and provide technical assistance to show organisers and on television and film sets.  They will set up lighting on rigging and scaffolding as well as engineering power solutions, working within a team, to create the right atmosphere for the performance.

Entry Requirements

You could qualify as an electrician and get practical experience in production lighting. You could also do a college course to learn skills like stage electrics and lighting design. 

You’ll need relevant practical experience, like a traineeship with a specialist lighting company, or work experience in:

  • lighting equipment hire theatres or concert venues
  • amateur theatre
  • student or community film projects

You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship.

Making a showreel or portfolio of your work can help.

Career Path and Progression

You could work on more complex events, or specialise in areas like electrical safety, inspection and testing, pyrotechnics or rigging.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Broadcast engineer
  • Cinema projectionist
  • Live sound engineer
  • Roadie
  • Stage manager

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good technical knowledge
  • A head for heights
  • A creative flair
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Attention to detail

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £40,000

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