Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Roadie/Production Crew Member
Roadies or production crew members transport, set up and dismantle equipment for live shows, music concerts and outdoor performances.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Roadie/Production Crew Member do?
Roadie/production crew members transport, set up and dismantle equipment for live shows, music concerts and outdoor performances.
As a roadie or production crew member, you would:
- help transport equipment and cast members between shows
- unload and reload equipment from transportation
- set up sound and lighting equipment and rigging
- assist with cabling of equipment
- act as security for band members and equipment
- set up video screens or special effects.
Key skills and interests
To become a roadie or production crew member, you would need:
- physical stamina and fitness
- practical and manual skills
- the ability to work well as part of a team
- a good head for heights
- an understanding of electronics and technology
- an ear for music
- calmness under pressure.
Working hours and conditions
As a roadie you would work long hours, including on weekends and holidays but may have time off between tours or gigs.
You would spend a lot of time travelling nationally or internationally, whilst touring with a band or production. You may be required to spend long hours driving and would require a driving licence.
The role is physically demanding, and you would spend much of your time dealing with heavy equipment. You may be required to work at heights on rigging or scaffolds.
How to become an Roadie/Production Crew Member?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to work as a roadie or production crew member. You would get some training on the job. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a VET qualification in technical production or live production and technical services.
You may also become a roadie or production crew member through a traineeship in Technical Production or Live Production and Technical Services. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
In some states, an electrical licence may be required. To work as a roadie, it may also be necessary to hold a licence to Perform High Risk Work, to have completed Working at Heights training or undertake an Induction for Construction Work.
Employment opportunities for roadies or production crew members is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.
Some job growth is expected from the growth in outdoor concerts and performances. However, this is likely to be offset by the difficulties in attracting funding for live performances generally.