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Lighting technician

Lighting technicians produce, rig and build lighting systems used in film, TV and live events.
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What does a lighting technician do?

Lighting technicians produce, rig and build lighting systems used in live events, like concerts or theatre performances, or on television or film sets. You’ll be interpreting a lighting designer’s plan for a TV, film or theatre set – you’ll need an understanding of complex electrical systems to do this. 


What do I need to do to become a lighting technician?

There are a number of different ways of becoming a lighting technician. You could train as an electrician and then specialise in production lighting, or you could take a lighting technician specific course or apprenticeship. 


Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Creativity
  • Numeracy
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology
  • Maths
  • Physics

Desirable qualifications

  • Apprenticeship
  • City and Guilds - Level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services
  • City and Guilds - Level 3 diploma in Installing electrotechnical systems and equipment

Where could I be working?

You may be working on your own, as a self-employed freelancer, or you could be employed on a large crew on, for example, a concert tour. 

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