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Technical Director/Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Coordinates activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises and assigns duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
  • Monitors broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.
  • Observes pictures through monitors and directs camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
  • Acts as liaisons between engineering and production departments.
  • Tests equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Schedules use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Trains workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
  • Confers with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
  • Discusses filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.
  • Follows instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Producer -- Plans and coordinates various aspects of radio, television, stage or motion picture production, such as selecting scripts, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
  • Production Supervisor -- Directly supervises and coordinates the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.
  • Record Producer -- Plans, coordinates and oversees all aspects of the production of musical recordings.