Instrument technician


Instrument technicians assist and support musicians before, during and after the performance to ensure the instruments and the connected equipment, the backline, are setup properly. They maintain, check, tune and repair instruments and assist with quick changes.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to instrument technician:

guitar technician
bass technician
senior instrument technician
road crew member
piano technician

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as an instrument technician.

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.

Instrument technician is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Instrument technician career path

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Long term prospects

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

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Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of instrument technician.

Optional skills and competences

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

ISCO group and title

7312 – Musical instrument makers and tuners

  1. Instrument technician – ESCO
Last updated on September 28, 2022

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