Event electrician


Event electricians set up and dismantle temporary, reliable electrical systems to support events. They work in locations without access to the power grid as well as locations with temporary power access. Their work is based on instruction, plans and calculations. They work indoors as well as outdoors. They cooperate closely with technical crew and operators.

Includes people working in event and rental companies.
Excludes people performing industrial or building electricity activities.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to event electrician:

mobile power team member
event/generator electrician
mobile power crew member
event and generator electrician
live event electrician
generator technician
mobile power expert
generator technician and event electrician

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as an event electrician.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Event electrician is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Event electrician career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to event electrician.

tent installer
ground rigger
event scaffolder
high rigger
wig and hairpiece maker

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of event electrician. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of event electrician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

followspot operator
video technician
intelligent lighting engineer
video operator

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of event electrician.

  • Work ergonomically: Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems: Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution independently. Measure and power up an installation.
  • Use personal protection equipment: Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.
  • Assemble performance equipment: Set up sound, light and video equipment on stage before performance event according to specifications.
  • Organise resources for artistic production: Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.
  • Manage personal professional development: Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.
  • Work with respect for own safety: Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.
  • Use technical documentation: Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.
  • Store performance equipment: Dismantle sound, light and video equipment after a performance event and store in a safe place.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of event electrician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Manage technical resources stock: Manage and monitor technical resources stock to ensure that production demands and deadlines can be met at all times.
  • Assess power needs: Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.
  • Maintain electrical equipment: Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.
  • Set up generators: Install and operate generators as power supplies according to regulations and specifications.
  • Keep personal administration: File and organise personal administration documents comprehensively.
  • Promote yourself: Market one’s own strengths in terms of skills and knowledge.
  • Develop professional network: Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.
  • Provide power distribution: Provide power distribution for light, stage, sound, video and recording purposes.

ISCO group and title

7411 – Building and related electricians

  1. Event electrician – ESCO
Last updated on October 7, 2022

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