What Skills Do AV Technicians Need?

As the technology industry continues to grow, there are more and more people graduating with plans to work in the audiovisual market. Competition is high. If you’re one of these people and just starting to attend interviews, you will need some skills on your resume to help you stand out from the competition. As well as your technical skills, you will need some other skills to help you stand out.

Communication Skills

Communication is one of the key skills that you need as audio visual crew. Good communication between the AV manager and the technicians is important when they are working together on a project if the project is going to be successful. Communication between the technician and the client is equally important too. If you are going to build a strong, effective working relationship with clients and managers, you need to be able to understand their needs and wants, via good communication.

Time Management Skills

Being able to effectively manage your time could play a large part in why companies will choose to hire you. Scheduling your day, week, or month is important because as a technician, you will need to deliver results on time and be able to promptly troubleshoot any problems. Keep a diary with you, or use the calendar on your phone to keep track and avoid double booking.

Never Stop Learning

As with other industries, you can’t let yourself forget about the growth that is always happening in the technology and audio visual industries. Methods, rules, and equipment are developing and changing all the time. If you want to be good at what you do, and stay good at it, you will need to be aware of all of these changes that happen in your industry, and be able to implement them.

Professional Customer Service

Although you are will be working as an AV technician, and will need to deal with technical setups and problems, you shouldn’t forget about the clients will be hiring you to work as a technician. You do not want to get a reputation as a technician who is always late, or who has an unprofessional attitude. Customer service is just as important as your technical skills if you want to keep getting hired.

Critical Thinking

Experience in the industry will help you to develop into a critical thinker who can solve problems quickly. This is an important skill when it comes to working in this industry, and is especially important in AV design and installation, due to its complexity. You need to be able to visualize the solution to a problem and troubleshoot any issues.

These needed skills are not particularly linked to your education. Some of them can be learned in formal education, but most of them you will learn from experience and working with other people in the industry and beginning to understand their needs. Try to get work experience alongside your studies to help you develop these all-important skills, so you’re ready to start work in the AV industry.

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