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Audio-visual Technician – AWM

Closing date:   February 25, 2020
Institution:   Australian War Memorial
Salary:   $69,459 - $74,392
Employment status:   Ongoing, full-time
Location :   ACT
Contact name:   Suzanne Myers (02) 6243 4273
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

The Interactive Display & Lighting Maintenance Officer works as part of an Audio-visual (AV) Services Team that manages the maintenance, redevelopment, specifying and upgrading of Gallery (Audio Visual) AV displays and systems. The work involves performing the detailed technical analysis and installation services required to affect a continuing program of improvement and renewal for AV installations in the Memorials galleries. Designing and implementing maintenance procedures and developing long term budgets and technical strategies to ensure a continuing high level of visitor satisfaction and very low levels of display failure over the life of exhibitions is a key aspect of the role.

Core Responsibilities

1. Under general direction oversee day-to-day maintenance of gallery AV installations including:

  • Determining work plans and safe work method statements for day-to-day AV maintenance work;
  • Developing testing schedules for display control systems
  • Performing programming work on lighting control systems
  • Effecting repair of interactive displays caused by faults in both hardware and software configuration
  • Co-ordination of 3rd party repair of interactive displays including fault analysis and description

2. Under general direction from the Exhibitions Gallery manager:

  • Devise customised lighting solutions for specific gallery installations (e.g. custom lighting design, lighting fixture specification, dimming control and programming)
  • Provide video post-production services, using a digital edit suite, for theatre recordings and interactive installation renewal
  • Provide the technical analysis for long term estimates of asset replacement liabilities
  • Plan after hours maintenance priorities; and,
    Ensure compliance with WHS and public safety requirements including “test & tag’’ procedures.

3. Manage technical processes for AV installation by third parties, including:

  • Technical specification of upgrades;
  • Documentation of legacy systems;
  • Ongoing documentation of system changes;
  • Production and maintenance of whole-of-system operating manuals;
  • Developing technical documents and manuals in collaboration with other AV team members; and,
  • Sourcing material and components.

4. Liaise with Memorial staff, external consultants and contractors to maintain the quality of AV installations in the galleries.

5. Configure and operate Gallery AV installations on demand for special visitors and events.

6. Manual handling and movement of a wide range of objects and equipment including but not limited to audio amplifiers and speakers, moving-head theatrical lights, computer equipment, large-format display monitors, data projectors and associated installation hardware as required.

Additional Requirements: Appropriate technical qualifications or highly relevant experience are desirable for this job.

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

For more information and to apply please refer to https://www.awm.gov.au/get-involved/work-or-volunteer/employment


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