Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: M1008 / Theatre/Stage Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides technical and artisinal support in the fabrication of property and scenic art for a theater/stage production department. Leads and coordinates the work of students and/or lower-level staff and ensures safety protocols are adhered to within a theatrical environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides a variety of technical and artisinal support in stage production, including scenic painting, sculpting, welding, electronics, and furniture construction and upholstery
  2. Oversees the successful engineering, construction, installation and strike of props, furniture, and all other scenic elements; ensures the proper use and operation of specific props for production
  3. Operates machinery, equipment and tools, such as saws and fastening tools, sewing/serger machines, MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters, spray equipment for painting, etc.
  4. Coordinates acquisition and storage of materials, schedules for construction and scenic painting, and stage support needed for performances and rehearsals
  5. Provides support to production designers, directors, and faculty in the development of production schedules, deadlines, and needs
  6. Monitors the work of student employees and students engaged in shop production and production activities, to include recommendations for work allocation, and problem resolution.
  7. Trains and oversees stage crew personnel in technical and safety procedures for theatre; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of prop and scenic prop construction and fabrication techniques, carpentry, upholstery, soft goods, and craft skills
  • Knowledge and experience with scenic artistry
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of theatrical staging techniques, materials, equipment, and facilities.
  • Ability to design scenic components from scale drawings, models, plans, sketches, and verbal ideas scale designs to larger sets
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to install and calibrate specified machinery and/or technical equipment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Performing a wide range of technical and artisanal duties for theatre/stage productions; b) monitoring the work of students and student employees and ensuring the proper care and use of equipment and supplies; c) working as part of a theatre production crew under general supervision.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing and/or walking an average of four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 04/01/2019