Sound Engineer

San Diego, CA

Last Updated: 01/10/2017 17:04 EST

Job Qualifications

Sound Engineer


Theatrical Audio Engineer

Mt. San Antonio College

Job Category: Classified

Employee Group: A

Time (Percent Time): 100%

Term (months/year): 12 months/year

Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Tuesday - Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Salary Range: A - 108

Salary: Steps 1 - 6, $5428 - $6928

Shift Differential:

Health + Welfare: College contributes $10,946 toward annual premium for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.

The District participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and MetLife Social Security Alternative Plan.

*Note Salary and Health + Welfare Benefits are subject to change.

Department: Technical Services

Open Date: 12/21/2016

Closing Date: 1/23/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

Basic Function/Overview:


Under general supervision, plans, organizes, coordinates, and provides oversight for the technical theater support operations at the Performing Arts Center and for other on- and off-campus special events; coordinates technical theater support operations, performs preventative maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities; coordinates assigned activities with other departments, divisions, clients, and community groups; provides technical and specialized assistance to the Director, Technical Services.


Receives general direction from the Director, Technical Services. Exercises technical and functional direction over and provides training to part-time technical support staff and student workers.


This classification has coordination and/or day-to-day operational responsibilities. Incumbents are responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and participating in technical theater support operations to ensure that the Performing Arts Center technical theater services and activities, as well as, other on- and off-campus special events are safe and effective and provide the highest level of customer satisfaction for public use. Responsibilities include inspecting, planning, scheduling, and directing technical theater operations and services in a timely manner, and performing a wide variety of tasks in the operations and activities of the Performing Arts Center. This class is distinguished from the Director, Technical Services in that the latter oversees the entire department, and has ultimate responsibility for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of all staff involved in its operations.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

Assists clients and user groups with the execution of all theatrical amplification and sound effects, including positioning of microphones and speakers, patching and modulating audio mix, equalization, and amplification.
Participates in operating audio equipment, including mixing boards; sets levels and runs cues; assists in fabricating instant simple audio designs for users without an audio designer.
Oversees, coordinates, and participates in the day-to-day operations of the technical theater support at the Performing Arts Center and for other on-campus special events; determines sound needs for productions; plans and supervises use of audio and other equipment.
Plans, schedules, prioritizes, and assigns technical theater support work; communicates status of activities and services to appropriate personnel, working cooperatively to schedule activities and services in accordance with established and special operational priorities; participates in performing the most complex and specialized technical theater support work; troubleshoots advanced technical systems throughout the Technical Services Department, including audio, video, and data systems and protocols.
Assists in the recruitment and selection of temporary staff and provides recommendations; trains employees in work methods, use of equipment and systems, and relevant safety precautions; prepares weekly and daily schedules; reviews, controls, and evaluates quality of work of temporary staff.
Develops and reviews plans and procedures to ensure safety of audiences, theater production participants, and student workers; inspects equipment and facilities for safety.
Acts as house technical representative to clients, community groups, departments, and others concerning questions, problems, concerns, and activities in the provision of technical theater operations and services; gives tours to potential renters; orients facility renters to technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; obtains general show requirements at inception.
Operates and maintains a variety of technical equipment, including stage lighting and control systems, audio reinforcement systems, projection equipment, stage rigging and counterweight systems, stage draperies, and scenery.
Attends technical rehearsals in order to oversee and assist in the technical aspects of the show.
Assists with the preparation and control of production budgets; estimates costs of supplies and materials; obtains quotes from vendors; orders supplies and materials for projects and activities; maintains records of purchase orders; acts as a liaison with vendors; coordinates insurance requirements for rented equipment; assists in developing budget figures for specified areas; monitors expenditures.
Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the technical theater operations, activities, and community events and recommends improvements or modifications.
Responds to requests for information; interprets and applies regulations, policies, procedures, systems, rules, and precedents.
Monitors use of the Performing Arts Center by user groups to ensure a safe environment; assists in enforcing established rules of facility use and participant conduct.
Assists with s preventative maintenance of tools, equipment, and facilities needed for successful stage productions, as well as, other functions and programs under technical services, such as carpentry tools, painting equipment, control panels, sound equipment, lighting facilities, remote video production equipment, public address system, intercommunication system, temporary scenery walls, special curtains, and props.
Designs, builds, and fabricates items for use in the Performing Arts Center, Technical Services Department, and other departments on campus.
Provides specialized support to other areas of the Technical Services Department, including ongoing classroom A/V design, installation, and troubleshooting, technical support for the Broadcast Production Truck and facilities, data, networking, and system/task specific training.
Provides technical design, installation, support, and maintenance for technical services to other spaces serviced by the department such as the Planetarium, Stadium, Design Technology Center, Student Services, and Founders Hall.
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the technical theater operations and services; researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to District needs; makes recommendations considering budget, installation, training, and operational perspectives.
Learns and applies emerging technologies and, as necessary, to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Duties:

Knowledge Of:

Digital and analog audio systems.
Operation of sound equipment, such as microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers.
Advanced fundamentals of theater, especially stagecraft and stage operation, including sound and rigging.
Stage-set design, floor plans, elevations, and construction.
Principles, practices, methods, techniques, procedures, and service delivery needs related to technical theater operations and services.
Procedures for planning, implementing, and maintaining a variety of technical theater activities through community and patron participation.
Operation and maintenance of technical equipment, including control systems, audio reinforcement systems, projection equipment, stage rigging and counterweight system, stage draperies, and scenery.
Occupational hazards and safety equipment and practices related to the work such as pertinent fire regulations and other safety codes.
Basic principles of supervision and training of temporary staff.
Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines related to the program area and facilities to which assigned.
Basic principles and practices of program administration, including basic budgeting, and purchasing.
Principles and practices of basic public relations techniques.
Principles and procedures of recordkeeping and report preparation.
Business arithmetic and basic statistical techniques.
Proper storage and care of equipment and tools.
Standard office practices and procedures, including the use of standard office equipment, basic record-keeping, arithmetic, and computer applications.
English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, students, and faculty and other staff, including individuals of various ages, disabilities, socio-economic and ethnic groups.

Skills and Abilities:

Plan, oversee, coordinate, review, and evaluate technical theater operations and activities.
Plan, schedule, assign, and oversee activities of assigned staff.
Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards.
Train others in proper and safe work procedures.
Identify and implement effective course of action to complete assigned work.
Plan and prepare technical theater activity schedules, staffing schedules, reports, and other related program materials.
Operate a variety of technical theater equipment in safe and effective manner.
Perform skilled audio design.
Evaluate the need for preventative and corrective maintenance on a wide variety of facility systems and equipment.
Read and understand contracts, technical riders, advance sheets, and ground plans.
Understand the organization and operation of a theater necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Interpret, apply, and explain applicable Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
Observe safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
Maintain facilities and equipment in a clean, safe, and secure manner.
Make accurate business arithmetic and statistical computations.
Maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed.
Follow department policies and procedures related to assigned duties.
Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.
Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications/Education + Experience:

Equivalent to an Associates degree from a regionally accredited college in drama, stagecraft, or a related field, AND five (5) full-time equivalent years of progressively responsible experience in a technical theater production environment with specialized skills in either lighting, sound, and/or stage craft or operation.


Equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade AND seven (7) full-time equivalent years of progressively responsible experience in a technical theater production environment with specialized skills in either lighting, sound, and/or stage craft or operation.


Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency configuring and utilizing the following products:

Soundweb London + Contrio Product Line

Soundcraft Digital Mixing Consoles

Aviom Personal Monitor Mixers

Riedel Rocknet



Logic Pro

General knowledge + experience with:

Line Array Speaker Systems

QSC Q-sys


EASE Software

Meyer Speaker Systems

Multi-channel wireless microphone + intercom setup, management and troubleshooting

Timecode based show automation

Network topology, setup + troubleshooting

70 volt distributed audio systems

Managing digital video playback across a variety of platforms, resolutions and aspect ratios

Digital audio formats including MADI , AES , BluLink, Dante, Rocknet, Cobranet, + Aviom A-net

Training + Certifications:

BSS Audio Architect (AA100)

BSS London Architect Level 2 (BSS 201) Advanced Training

SynAudCon training seminars

License(s) + Other Requirements:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Drivers License by time of appointment;

Depending on assignment may be required to possess:

OSHA Forklift Operator certification.
OSHA Scissor Lift Operator certificate.

Working Environment:

Incumbents work in a shared office inside an active workshop and classroom space. Access to/from the office space can expose employees to loud noise, fumes and airborne debris. Shared office space also serves as a meeting and break room for part-time employees as well as theater environments and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, cold and/or hot temperatures, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards and heights, sometimes requiring the use of fall protection equipment. Incumbents may interact with staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office and/or theater facility setting and use standard office and/or theater equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate theater equipment, as well as objects, tools, or controls. Incumbents in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, climb, and walk on uneven surfaces to participate in theater activities; and work at heights requiring the use of fall protection equipment and push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve equipment and file information. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, typically weighing up to 50 pounds, and occasionally heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.


Instructions re: Confidential Letter of Recommendation:

Please do not submit Confidential letters of recommendation.

Conditions of Employment:

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here:

Official offers of employment are made by the Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been fingerprinted and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for livescan services shall be borne by the candidate

Examination Requirements:

Typing Certificate Requirements:

Application Procedure:

First Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST ) on Monday, January 23, 2017 are assured consideration.

Completed application packet must include:

A Mt. San Antonio College online application
Cover Letter
Two letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation). Please do not submit Confidential letters of recommendation.
College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts).

It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the closing date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at to complete and submit your application for this position.

Special Notes:

Please note: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Office of Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail:

Foreign Transcripts:

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA . This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.


Cristal Granados, HR Technician

(909) 274-5522

Selection Procedure:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please do not submit Confidential letters of recommendation.

EEO Policy:

It is the policy of Mt. San Antonio College that harassment is prohibited and that all persons shall receive equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, age (over 40), medical condition (cancer), mental disability, physical disability (including HIV + AIDS), marital status, sexual orientation, or Veteran Status. This nondiscrimination policy covers Family and Medical Care Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave. Contact the Office of Human Resources if you need any special accommodations to complete the application process at 909.594.5611, ext. 4225.

Mt. San Antonio College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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