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

Avg. weekly wage:


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:




Gender split:

Male 74.6%

Female 25.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 43.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 53.7%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

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

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