Rental and Production

Production Technician - Pittsburgh PA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   |   Full Time

VLS is currently looking for our next production rockstar in our Pittsburgh office. This position involves working with events from planning through execution. From entry-level to seasoned professionals, our team needs great people with a variety of skills in Lighting, Rigging, AV, and Staging. Our philosophy is building customers for life and we look to our freelance technicians to work toward that goal. 

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)
  • Implement the client’s vision. Some design responsibility required
  • Accurately pick/pack and put away equipment in the warehouse
  • Delivery of orders, mostly local but with occasional overnight trips when necessary
  • Supervise and assist the Production Shop staff with accurate pulling and thorough testing of all equipment prior to shipment
  • Truck loading and unloading
  • Work with the Regional Operations Manager to maintain the warehouse
  • Assist other departments when necessary
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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 PC based computer skills (Microsoft Office, Vectorworks)
  • 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 required
  • Must possess, or be physically fit to obtain, a Medical Card and meet DOT requirements for driving a commercial motor vehicle

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