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Sound Engineering Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
 
Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
 
Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
 
Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.
 
Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
 
Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
 
Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
 
Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
 
Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.
 
Keep logs of recordings.
 
Create musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects, commercials, or film postproduction.
 
Tear down equipment after event completion.
 
Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
 
Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Apple Final Cut Pro Video creation and editing software
 
Avid Digidesign Pro Tools Music or sound editing software
 
Avid software Music or sound editing software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software Music or sound editing software
 
1/3 octave equalizers Equalizers
 
Amplifiers Loudspeakers
 
Audio compressors Audio mixing consoles
 
Audio filters Attenuators
 
Audio mixer consoles Audio mixing consoles
 
Cable testers Voltage or current meters
 
Channel equalizers Equalizers
 
Condenser microphones Microphones
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital audio recorders Digital voice recorders
 
Digital delay pedals Audio mixing consoles
 
Digital oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Digital samplers Audio mixing consoles
 
Dynamic microphones Microphones
 
Dynamics processors Audio mixing consoles
 
Electret microphones Microphones
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Microphone pre-amps Microphones
 
Multitrack tape recording machines Cassette players or recorders
 
Musical instrument digital interface MIDI sequencers Audio mixing consoles
 
Noise reduction systems Audio mixing consoles
 
Parametric equalizers Equalizers
 
Peak equalizers Equalizers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Polarity checkers Multimeters
 
Pressure zone microphones Microphones
 
Reverb devices Audio mixing consoles
 
Ribbon microphones Microphones
 
Shelving equalizers Equalizers
 
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
 
Studio intercom systems Intercom systems
 
Volt-ohm meters VOM Ohmmeters
 
Wireless microphones Microphones
 
Wireless receivers Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
 
Wireless transmitters Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acoustical Engineer
Audio Engineer
Audio Operator
Audio Production Manager
Audio Recording Engineer
Broadcast Engineer
Broadcast Technician
Director
Disc Recordist
Dub Room Engineer
Editor
Film Recordist
Film Sound Coordinator
Film Sound Engineer
Machine Room Engineer
Machine Room Operator
Master Control Operator
Mechanic Sound Technician
Mechanical Sound Technician
Mixer
Mixing Engineer
Mixing Technician
Music Engineer
Musical Engineer
Play Back Operator
Producer
Production Director
Production Engineer
Public Address Servicer
Public Address System Installer
Public Address Systems Mechanic
Public Address Technician
Recording Engineer
Recordist
Rerecording Mixer
Sound Assistant
Sound Cutter
Sound Designer
Sound Editor
Sound Effects Manager
Sound Effects Person
Sound Effects Technician
Sound Engineer
Sound Equipment Mechanic
Sound Mixer
Sound Printer
Sound Recording Technician
Sound Technician
Sound Truck Operator
Special Effects Designer
Special Effects Technician
Studio Engineer
Tape Transferrer
Television Production Assistant (TV Production Assistant)
Theater Technician
Video Editor
Waste Elimination
Winder
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Sound Engineering Technicians
 
 
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