What does a Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E) do?

Entertainment Industry Power Technicians plan, install, and maintain temporary power distribution systems for use in the entertainment industry. Work settings including film, television, and live performance sets, as well as tradeshows and special events.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using hand tools, power tools, metering, testing devices, and accessories
  • Assessing job site conditions and calculating electrical load requirements
  • Planning, selecting, building, and maintaining devices such as rigs, hoists, and lifts
  • Planning, hanging, and later disassembling temporary power systems; installing and removing set practicals and wiring; following safety procedures for rigging, hoisting, and lifting equipment
  • Installing, controlling, and disassembling lighting
  • Managing and maintaining temporary and portable power supply systems
  • Scheduling job site materials and equipment as required by each project

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma required; math, science, and English credits recommended; Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major Program may be beneficial
  • Completion of a 5,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E)?

  • Generally 40-hour weeks, but may vary based on production needs
  • Often work on film, television, stage, or live performance sets, but may also do carnivals, special events, or tradeshows
  • Must be prepared to travel to/from sites, some of which may be outdoors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage less than a journeyperson but increases with skill and experience.


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