Set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video and related electronic equipment for live events. Learn to mix sounds and make music. Gain experience that will help you evolve with the audio industry as technology continues to innovate. Work in a variety of environments, especially with the rapid advancement of livestream technology.

A Typical Day

  • Record audio in recording studios and at live sound venues. 
  • Record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment needs repair.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment.
  • Record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.

Recommended Credentials

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Audio Technology Degrees (AAS) and Certificates
— Northwestern Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


Audio Production and Technology (BS
 — Michigan Tech University

Audio Production & Engineering Certificate (AAS)
 — Washtenaw Community College

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Use free platforms like Audacity, Apple Garageband,  Pro Tools | First, and Soundtrap Capture by Spotify to create audio tracks

Check out the Hey Audio Student Facebook group.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Join the Film & New Media Program at Northwest Educational Services' Career Tech Center.

Pathway 2

Check out Audio Technology Degrees and Certificates at Northwestern Michigan College!

Pathway 3

Pursue a Bachelor's degree in Audio Production and Technology at Michigan Tech University. Guaranteed articulation from NMC to MTU starts Fall 2022!


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Sound Engineering Technician
  • Audio and Video Technician
  • AV Equipment Technician
  • Sound Technician

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Other Regional Career Resources

Audio Engineering Society (AES) - the top professional organization for audio professionals

Join the Audio Tech Student Group at NMC.

Learn more about Audio & Video Technicians at O*NET Online.