Rental and Production

Production Technician

Work Type: Contract

This posting is for Production Technician in any of our locations: Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA

VLS is currently recruiting Production Technicians for our team. From entry-level to seasoned professionals, our team needs great people with a variety of skills in Lighting, Rigging, AV, and Staging. VLS has an on the job training program to elevate technician's skills and develop best-in-class talent to provide to our customers. Our philosophy is building customers for life and we look to our freelance technicians to work toward that goal. 

This is a freelance position that carries all workman's compensation insurances as well as standard state, local, and federal withholdings. 

The Production Technician is a key role in delivering production services to our clients. This includes shop preparation as well as work on the production site in building and operating lighting, rigging, and audiovisual equipment. In the hiring process, VLS will assess candidates' abilities and pair assignments to suit their skills. A positive attitude, good communications, and interpersonal skills are required. VLS is a drug-free employer, all new employees are required to pass a 5-panel drug screen. VLS is an equal opportunity employer. 

Job Duties:

  • Assist in production work (load-in, run, strike)
  • Accurately pick/pack and put away equipment in the warehouse
  • Truck loading and unloading


  • A BA or BFA in theatre is preferred, but not required
  • All employees interact with clients, excellent customer service skills and professional appearance and demeanor are a must
  • Two years of practical experience with theatrical lighting, especially fixtures and portable dimming systems, is required
  • Moving light repair, maintenance, and programming experience (VL, Clay Paky, Hog, MA) preferred
  • Must have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Touring or “road house” experience is desirable
  • Basic rigging and carpentry skills are a plus
  • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are a plus
  • A DOT Medical Certificate & being able to meet DOT requirements for driving a commercial motor vehicle a plus

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