Electronics and Engineering Operations Apprentice
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Do you love the idea of being involved in the staging of live events and performances? Are you practical and good at problem solving? Enjoy being part of a team and up for a challenge? Then an apprenticeship in our Stage Engineering department could be for you.
A Flys and Automation technician is responsible for the programming and safe operation of a power-flying system in the theatre. This system moves scenery, lighting and anything else which needs to be suspended over the stage for rehearsals and live performances. This is achieved using a computerised control-desk.
The ROH is a theatre based in central London. We stage over 500 performances a year and our backstage teams are some of the best theatre technicians in the world. We want to give everyone the opportunity to get involved in this creative, exciting and growing industry and we think apprenticeships are great way to get started. An apprenticeship gives you the practical skills and knowledge that will underpin your professional development, as well as a recognised industry qualification.
What is a Flys and Technical Theatre Engineering Apprentice?
The term ‘flying’ in theatre refers to anything suspended over the stage, this can range from scenery and lighting to people.
A Flys and Automation technician is responsible for the programming and safe operation of a power-flying system. This system moves scenery, lighting and anything else which needs to be suspended over the stage for rehearsals and live performances. This is usually achieved using a computerised control-desk.
Purpose of the Apprenticeship
The Flys and Technical Theatre Engineering Apprentice will learn and understand the role of a Flys and Automation Technician within the performing arts sector. The apprentice will be based within the Technical Department of the ROH, Covent Garden.
What is involved?
- The Flys department is responsible for rigging and operating all of the suspended elements of the shows on the main stage.
- The apprenticeship will be split between time spent at the ROH and Uxbridge College where you will study towards a Mechatronics Maintenance Technician apprenticeship standard.
- Part of the qualification will be achieved through the compilation of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how the relevant skills have been used in the workplace.
- You will work an average of 48 hours per week. Some weeks you will work more than 48 hours, but this will be balanced by working less than 48 hours in other weeks. This is a typical theatre working pattern which allows for you to get fully involved with shows and projects.
- You will spend the majority of their time in the Flys Department working on the fly rail (a wide platform, 12 metres above the side of the stage).
- You will spend time working with the ROH automation upgrade team helping to trial, test and implement the new state-of-the-art flying system.
- You will also spend some time in the wider technical departments such as stage engineering, and the Linbury Theatre (the ROH’s second stage)
- You will undertake training on the Stage Technologies Nomad System to a ROH level 3 standard.
What will you do during the apprenticeship?
- Participate in all flys related work for a show from the stores or workshops, to rehearsal room to on-stage rehearsal and performance.
- Apply all skills gained in training and put them into practice in a range of technical settings.
- Involvement with the ROH automation upgrade project. This consists of changing all of the existing electrical control cabinets and upgrading the mechanical winches, while continuing to run live shows very evening.
- Gain familiarity with and continually update knowledge of any new and improved working practices.
- Take responsibility for own attendance, safe working, motivation, discipline and welfare.
- Adhere to all standards of quality, efficiency and safe working practice as advised by technical staff.
- Undertake essential health and safety training to the required standard and other training as required, including: Manual Handling, Working at Height and Safe Use of Mobile Elevated Platforms, (MEWPS)
- Attend regular meetings with line managers and the Apprenticeships Officer
- Maintain a learning log book and submit regular written progress reports to the college and the Apprenticeships Officer.
You must have achieved a minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English
- Self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge.
- Punctual and good at managing your own workload.
- Confident in working in a challenging environment.
- Respectful and receptive approach to all health and safety requirements.
- A helpful, positive and flexible approach and attitude.
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