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Audio Engineering

Career Highlights

  • Set up sound for concerts
  • Operate and maintain the electronic equipment
  • Making the sound as clear as possible

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Career Summary

Audio engineering technicians are the wizards behind the brilliance at concerts, sports events, meetings, radio stations and news conferences. They operate and maintain the electronic equipment that makes it possible to transmit radio and television shows.

There are different types of audio technicians.

  • Audio Engineering Technician With Computer Audio Equipment Transmitter technicians run the equipment that transmits radio signals. They keep a transmitting log and comply with the various rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • Control technicians keep records of the programs their stations broadcast. They sit across from announcers at switchboards called control desks and signal to the announcers when recorded songs or commercials are about to end.
  • Maintenance technicians set up, maintain, and repair broadcasting equipment. When a station buys new equipment, it is the maintenance engineer who hooks it up with the system.

Some small stations hire one technician to do all of these jobs. Large stations and networks, on the other hand, have several technicians specializing in each of these areas. Audio engineers operate mixing consoles, microphones, signal processors, tape machines, digital audio workstations, sequencing software and speaker systems.

Audio restoration is the practice of removing imperfections (such as hiss, crackle, noise, and buzz) from sound recordings. Audio restoration is often a time consuming process that requires skilled audio engineers with specific experience in music and film recording techniques. Some audio engineers advance into the role of producer, making artistic decisions along with technical ones.

Salary

$35000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Audio Production

Career Skills

  • Communications & Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Mechanic & Repair Technologies

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*Salary ranges based on location, experience, and demand. This number represents a rough nation-wide average.