Tent installers set up and dismantle temporary shelters, tents and circus tents with the associated accommodation for events and performances. Their work is based on instruction, plans and calculations. They work mostly outdoors and can be assisted by local crew.
Includes people working in event and rental companies.
The following job titles also refer to tent installer:
tent installation worker
installation crew member
tent installation crew member
party tent installer
recreational tent installer
tent crew installer
tent installer/warehouse worker
tent installer & warehouse worker
commercial tent installer
A high school diploma is generally required to work as a tent installer.
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.
Tent installer is a Skill level 2 occupation.
Tent installer career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to tent installer.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of tent installer. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of tent installer with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of tent installer.
- Assemble tent constructions: Safely and efficiently construct small and large temporary tent structures for live events or other purposes.
- Work ergonomically: Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- Work safely with machines: Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.
- Use personal protection equipment: Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.
- Prevent fire in a performance environment: Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.
- 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 safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision: Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.
- 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: Safely dismantle sound, light and video equipment after a performance event. Make sure the equipment is correctly stored away.
- Follow safety procedures when working at heights: Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of tent installer. 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.
- Write risk assessment on performing arts production: Assess risks, propose improvements and describe measures to be taken on a production level in performing arts.
- Operate forklift: Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.
- Perform first fire intervention: Intervene in the case of a fire in order to extinguish the fire or limit the effects pending the arrival of emergency services according to training and procedures.
- Operate telehandler: Transfer materials in a construction environment by using a telescopic handler.
- 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.
ISCO group and title
7215 – Riggers and cable splicers
- Tent installer – ESCO