How to become a Theatre Mechanist

Theatre mechanists prepare and put together sets for live performances, theatre, opera, musical concerts and dance performances. Experienced mechanists may be employed as theatre 'flypersons', whose work involves operating the flying systems which control flown scenery.

Personal requirements of a Theatre Mechanist

  • Enjoy manual work
  • Able to use a variety of tools
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Enjoy working with people in a team environment

Education & Training for a Theatre Mechanist

You can work as a theatre mechanist without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a theatre mechanist through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$982

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 32.2%

NT 0.3%

QLD 14.5%

SA 4.4%

TAS 0.2%

VIC 34.9%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 74.6%

Proportion of female workers 25.4%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 23.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 43.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 53.7%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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