Assistant Head Electrician

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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The Assistant Head Electrician serves as the primary programmer for productions and events within the Center venues and assists in supervising and running the Center’s electrics department. Working with the Electricians In-Charge, this position is responsible for the smooth load-in, run and load-out of all the theatrical lighting and electrical-related aspects for each production. At all times, this position will appropriately represent the Center to clients, crew, and staff.


Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing the lighting control consoles (EOS Ti and ETC Expression) for programming and operation.

  • Updating the ETCNet Network in order to allow communication between our network and that of a visiting show.

  • Operating and programming the lighting control consoles as needed.

  • Operating follows pots, fog machines, or special effects as needed.

  • Providing direct supervision and motivation of call crews of varying skill levels to ensure the efficient, proper and safe installation of theatrical lighting equipment within the venues. Ability to assess upcoming needs and utilizing crew effectively.

  • Ensuring the safe use of all backstage equipment including forklifts, personnel lifts and rigging systems. Function as a safety point of contact for the electrics department.

  • Coordinating and attention to detail in the installation, operation, removal and proper storage of lighting, special effects (including pyrotechnics), cueing and musician lighting during the load-in, run and load-out of each show.

  • Assisting with the video components of the venue.

  • Assisting in the advance of productions to ensure that the proper equipment has been provided, rented or prepared. This includes paperwork (LightWright and Vectorworks,) color media, cable, lamps and spare parts.

  • Assisting in maintaining the lighting systems within the venues.

Secondary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the board operator and designer to provide basic lighting looks for musical and theatrical presentations as well as rental clients.

  • Serve as the primary In-Charge representative for specific calls in the absence of the In-Charge Electricians which requires knowledge of LightWright 6 or newer and Vectorworks 2018 or newer.

  • Acquire general knowledge of all backstage operating systems and participate in their maintenance.

  • Assist in the maintenance of and acquire general knowledge of the Paradigm dimming and control system for the FOH lobby operations, house light dimming, and work lights.

  • Other duties as assigned by the In-Charge Electricians and/or Production Carpenters.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience in the preparation, operation and maintenance of theatrical lighting equipment and software;

  • Familiarity with ETC equipment including Paradigm systems and EOS boards;

  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot a variety of manufacturer’s moving lights.

  • Must be organized and must have some experience in working with union crews.

  • Must be willing to work in various departments as assigned by the Production Carpenter.


  • Strong skill sets for teamwork, leadership, motivating others and problem solving.

  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work with diplomacy and tact with artists, clients and staff.

  • Ability to work as a team member and/or independently, as well as take initiative as appropriate.

  • Constant dedication to personal & departmental improvement.

  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and make sound decisions on deadline.

  • Commitment to getting things done with a can-do attitude.

  • Out of the box thinker with the ability to find “yes” and not settle for “No”

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, grasp or feel; reach with hands and arms above the head; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit, use a forklift, and use a personnel lift at heights above 30’ from the floor. The employee is frequently required to push, pull, stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, bend or crawl. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds either alone or in close coordination with other employees. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision. Hearing sufficient to conduct in-person and telephone conversations.

How to Apply

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Posted on March 5