Theater and show machinist - Salary and Career
Scenography Technicians

Theater and show machinist - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They build sets, props and furniture, based on analysis of the scenographic project and research of objects and materials, perform related techniques, such as carpentry, locksmithing, sewing, painting, modeling and sculpture, assemble and adapt pieces of scenery and special effects, operate machinery such as electric and scenographic poles, curtains, cranes, trolleys on rails and special effects mechanisms, supervise activities related to planning, budgeting and contracting of services and guide work teams.

How much does an Theater and show machinist earn

A Theater and show machinist earns between $1.255 and $6.379 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.728 and a median salary of $2.366 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 216 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Theater and show machinist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.728 32.732 682 14
1º Quartile 1.255 15.064 314 6
Median Salary 2.366 28.392 592 12
3º Quartile 4.865 58.377 1.216 25
Higher Salary 6.379 76.546 1.595 33

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • scenography technicians

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Main workplaces

Scenography Technicians they work in artistic and cultural activities, on their own. They work as a team, with occasional supervision by the contractor, indoors and at irregular hours. In some activities, they can work at great heights, confined, subject to intense noise, remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods, as well as being exposed to the risk of accidents and toxic materials.

What does it take to work in the field of Scenography Technicians

For the professional exercise of film and video and theater and shows machinists, a complete elementary education is required, followed by a qualification course of two hundred class hours and one year of experience for the full exercise of the activities. From the cenotécnico, a high-level vocational technical course is required. The full performance of the activities occurs after five years of experience.

Functions and activities of Theater and show machinist

Scenography Technicians must:

  • build scenarios;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • build scenery and props;
  • supervise work activities;
  • assembling backdrops;
  • operate machinery;
  • building scenery and props;
  • mount scenery;
  • build scenarios and props;
  • perform related techniques;
  • construir scenarios and props;
  • build backdrops and props;
  • mount scenes;
  • operating machinery;
  • set scenarios;
  • mount scenarios;
  • assembling sceneries;

  • Activities

    • manifest hearing acuity;
    • perform paint jobs;
    • mount special effects;
    • arm diffuser screens;
    • structure props;
    • buy materials;
    • fix mobile scenery on machinery;
    • position scenario in scenic space;
    • script input and output of scenarios;
    • check warping and machinery;
    • perform sculpture work;
    • orient stage technicians;
    • structure scenery;
    • perform rigging work;
    • perform mechanical work;
    • balance scenarios;
    • making special effects mechanisms;
    • make technical drawings;
    • discriminate colors;
    • manage time;
    • perform sewing work;
    • organize aisle transit;
    • work under pressure;
    • check physical conditions of stages and sets;
    • perform locksmith work;
    • work as a team;
    • analyze scenographic project;
    • perform texture work;
    • manage time;
    • fix mobile backdrops to machinery;
    • finish scenery and props;
    • move scenarios on wheels;
    • support cinema electricians;
    • build furniture;
    • plan work activities;
    • tuning stage dresses;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • operate cranes;
    • retouch scenarios;
    • adapt scenario to the size of the scenic space;
    • arm cranes;
    • make decisions;
    • fit props and scenery according to standard material measurements;
    • budget services;
    • perform carpentry work;
    • operate electric poles (hoists);
    • manifest aesthetic sense;
    • demonstrate improvisational skills;
    • place props and objects in the scene;
    • identify scenarios in relation to rods;
    • assembling scenery pieces;
    • search scenic objects;
    • guide construction team;
    • perform fiber works;
    • arm trolleys on rails;
    • choose materials;
    • fix maneuvers in scenarios;
    • decorate scenarios;
    • supervise packaging and transport of scenarios;
    • demonstrate hand skill;
    • operate special effects;
    • matching backdrops and props to light;
    • build set tricks;
    • perform glazing work;
    • operate scenographic rods;
    • delegate tasks;
    • operate curtains;
    • hire third-party services;
    • work as a team;
    • adapt project measures with scenic spaces;
    • manifest symmetrical acuity;
    • guide stage assembly team;
    • operating trolleys on rails;
    • create special effects mechanisms;
    • perform modeling work;
    • adjust stage costumes;
    • discriminate volumes in space;
    • supervise studio staff;
    • repair damage to scenarios and props;

    Sectors that hire Theater and show machinist the most in the job market

    • elementary school
    • music production
    • engineering services
    • temporary labor lease
    • supply and management of human resources for third parties
    • health management support activities
    • activities of associative organizations linked to culture and art
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • other teaching activities

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