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Automation Operator

Automation Operator

United States

Full Time

About the Role

The Automation Operator is primarily responsible for the safe and effective execution of all show automation and rigging systems in lounges aboard the ship. Reporting to the Technical Director, this role will be responsible for the setup and operation of all automation and rigging systems within the venue, inspections and troubleshooting of all venue automation equipment, as well as participating in all sets/strikes in the venues.

Area of responsibility

  • Operational knowledge of TAIT automation systems, including operating and troubleshooting Nomad console

  • Cirque or other aerialist experience; experience working with performer flying systems a must

  • Proven track record in safety, inspections, and maintenance reporting 

  • Complete daily inspections and pre-checks of all automation and flying equipment, including motors, winches, cables, hardware, and harnesses

  • Follow all reporting procedures set for by the company and venue management

  • Effectively troubleshoot and report issues with automation equipment as they arise

  • Working show tracks: Assist performers into harnesses during shows, connect harnesses to rigging points, perform spotting duties, and operate automation consoles as needed

  • Complete post-show duties after each performance, ensuring all automation equipment is safely powered down and completing nightly reports

  • Communicate effectively with Technical Director and Production Stage Manager, performer cast, entertainment technicians, and onboard maintenance teams and venue management

  • Assist with overall production needs as reasonably requested

  • Acts as swing/cover position for entertainment technicians in certain lounges; experience in other technical areas (audio, lighting, etc.) a plus

Scope of duties 

Please Note: While this is intended to be an accurate description of the job, this is not

necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or

working conditions associated with the position, and may require that other or different tasks be performed as necessary and assigned.

Qualification/Work Experience

  • Excellent communication and time management skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre (production or technical) or 3 years of in field experience required.

  • Operational knowledge of technical equipment inclusive of rigging, sound, lighting, video and automation.

  • Cruise Line or Touring Experience suggested, but not required.

  • Ability to remain positive and push thru in stressful situations, while still accomplishing daily work.

  • Ability to communicate with multiple departments onboard, understanding how the entertainment team, folds into the bigger operation.

  • Ability to work six (6) days per week for periods of up to 8-months at a time.

  • Comfortable living and working in close quarters with co-workers from varied backgrounds.

  • Ability to stand for long periods, work at height as required, and consistently lift 75 pounds in fulfillment of responsibilities.

  • Ability to learn and abide by all onboard safety regulations as outlined in ship's Safety Management System.

  • Ability to complete pre-employment medical screening, including company vaccination requirements

  • Ability to remain positive in stressful situations working under tight deadlines.

  • The ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances.

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