Lighting Technician

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Lighting Technician

The Light Technician is responsible for the safe and proper operation of the lighting, video, and special effects systems in the main theater during all shows and activities (includes full‐cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Game Shows, lounge talks/presentations and more). They are also responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, repair of, and proper functioning of all entertainment conventional stage lighting as well as intelligent moving fixtures installed in various venues around the ship (main theater, aft lounge, Lido open deck, the night club, teen clubs, main atrium, etc).


The Light Technician’s job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities: 

  • Operate the main theater lighting, visual & laser systems, atmospheric & pyrotechnic effects for all shows and activities either manually or on time code (depending on show/cue requirements) 
  • Responsible for the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of all lighting systems in the main theater and around the ship
  • Fixture cleaning, maintenance, and focus
  • Lamp and color media replacement / cleaning
  • Replacement of belts, motors, logic cards, fuses, light engines, etc. 
  • Regular inspection all entertainment lighting, including fixture rigging, clamps, cabling, and safety chains, in all venues around the ship where entertainment lighting is present, and immediately report any safety concern to both onboard management and shoreside lighting support
  • Regular inspection of the laser, fog, haze systems and perform their regular cleaning and maintenance (fluid and filter replacement, etc.) to ensure their proper functioning
  • Check and ensure proper time code distribution, network, rig functionality, special effects, and video playback on all devices required for showtime.
  • Responsible for the safe manifesting, embarkation, storage, handling, loading, firing, unloading and disposal of all special effects material (confetti, simulated pyrotechnics, fog fluids, etc.) used in the shows as per company policy 
    Fire the simulated pyrotechnic cues for all shows, upon being given clearance by the Backstage/Automation Technician (after proper training and certification provided on board) 
  • Perform show load‐ins and loadouts (together with the Backstage, Automation & Audio Technicians) for each show 
  • Operate all show‐related video equipment and projection systems during the shows
  • Operate, understand, and be able to perform basic repairs of LED video wall systems and learn their signal flow
  • Train and oversee the performance of the 2‐4 spotlight operators, coordinate their tasks over the coms during the shows and calling follow spot cues
  • Perform regular (weekly) rig checks and be able to identify malfunctioning entertainment lighting, video, and special effects equipment
  • Open tickets on Carnival’s Issue trak portal detailing any new or outstanding problem pertaining to the lighting, laser, or special effects systems in a timely manner
  • Keep and maintain a live inventory of spare fixtures, spare parts, and consumables (lamp, fluid, simulated pyrotechnic material, confetti, etc.) and order as needed through proper shoreside channels
  • Keep and maintain regular updates to handover notes
  • Regularly test and maintain entertainment lighting redundancy systems (backup console, media servers, video processors, etc.)
  • Be able to navigate HESS and Chemwatch platforms, understand where policies and procedures are kept, and then adhere to those policies and procedures
  • Immediately notify the Entertainment Technical Manager, Entertainment Director, Shipboard and Shoreside Supervisors upon finding any fault or malfunction that could affect the safety of the cast, running crew, guests, or the ship itself during the show, if operated
  • Respond to regular work calls to perform (together with the Backstage, Automation & Audio Technicians) theater general cleaning and repairs, in addition to lighting maintenance 
  • Be available for different rehearsals, tech runs, etc. as indicated by the weekly work schedule or as requested by the Entertainment Technical Manager with reasonable notice
  • Assist organized groups and charters with their requirements pertaining to the Lighting Technician working areas and responsibilities 
  • Assist with additional multiple show setups, rehearsals and tech runs during cast change (typically happening every six months for about 2-3 weeks) 
  • Familiarize with basic audio/video equipment setup and operation, to be able to take on the “Tech on Duty” responsibility no later than four weeks after first joining a ship
  • Be part of the “Tech on Duty (TOD)” rotation providing both guests and crew with entertainment technology related assistance:  
  • Set up and strike audio/video/lighting equipment for group functions and meetings in various venues throughout the ship as indicated by the Groups Memo and/or Entertainment Technical Manager
  • Set up and strike audio/video/lighting equipment for crew activities in various crew or guest areas, as indicated by the Entertainment Technical Manager
  • Set up microphones for other department’s presentations and functions as indicated on the weekly schedule 
  • Basic cover (adjust microphone levels, switch lights on/off, play intro, etc.) for some activities (Comedy Club, etc.) whenever the responsible technician is tied up with other more intricate/urgent duties that take priority. 
  • Carry the Tech on Duty mobile phone at all times and be reachable for assistance and basic troubleshooting regardless of location (be present on board while docked). 
  • Periodically check and sign off on all packages addressed to Entertainment Technical while in home port. 
  • Attend any safety, hospitality or job‐related training as required and scheduled by the ship’s command or immediate supervisors, including port‐manning rotation
  • Ensure proper and thorough training on all job‐related aspects to the incoming replacement technician during the handover period.
  • All and any work‐related duty or task as indicated on the weekly work schedule or requested by the Entertainment Technical Manager via email, phone, or verbal instruction

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