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Acoustics consultants help to manage and control noise and vibrations that surround people in the home, workplace and external environments.
What does an Acoustics Consultant do?
Acoustics consultants help to manage and control the noises and vibrations that surround people in the home, workplace and external environments. This occupation may also be known as a sound technician, acoustician or acoustics engineer.
As an acoustics consultant, you could work in a variety of fields - for example construction, the environment, the media or medical technology. Your duties would depend on your area of work but could include:
- carrying out a noise assessment to make sure a building meets regulations
- undertaking environmental noise surveys to check levels are within legal limits
- designing optimum acoustic solutions for concert halls and performance spaces
- finding ways of reducing noise and vibration in workplaces
- exploring how sound vibrations effect machinery and structures
- specialising in underwater acoustics for mapping the ocean floor
- designing and working with recording hi-fi and sound equipment
- designing medical equipment like ultrasound to help doctors diagnose and treat patients.
You would use hi-tech equipment and computer software to record and analyse data and produce reports outlining your findings and recommendations.
Key skills and interests
To become an acoustics consultant, you would need:
- an interest in the way sound behaves
- a creative and practical approach to solving problems
- strong aptitude for computer based technologies
- a flair for maths and science
- an understanding of environmental legislation and standards
- strong attention to detail.
Working hours and conditions
You would normally work fulltime, Monday to Friday. Some projects could include working unsocial hours or travel away from home.
Acoustics consultants work for specialist consulting firms, engineering firms or places like sound studios. They may also be self-employed consultants. You may need to divide your time between an office, and being on site.
How to become an Acoustics Consultant?
Entry Level Education
The study requirements for becoming an acoustics consultant may vary considerably, depending on the industry you are working in. You will most probably have completed a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, applied physics, music or computer science.
For more information, see the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants
Acoustics is a specialised area and the number of available roles is small.