Device stuck to wall measuring sound

Acoustics Technician

Measuring sound waves and vibrations, including those that are too high or low for humans to hear

How this role makes a difference

Most of us understand that the right acoustics – or sound qualities – need to be in place in concert halls and other performance arenas. Very few of us know that understanding acoustics plays a part in other industries including house building, major engineering projects, and medical engineering.

The study of acoustics involves measuring different types of waves, such as sound and vibration, in different contexts, including air and water. The measurements provide insights into the environment and whether the rules for sound levels in buildings are being met. You could be the technician who provides acoustics data and helps exciting projects to progress.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Carrying out on-site surveys of noise and vibrations
  • Testing how sound behaves in different environments
  • Gathering, processing and analysing acoustics data
  • Creating specialist acoustics models
  • Maintaining and calibrating equipment
  • Meeting with customers and understanding their needs
Useful skills
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Attention to detail
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Technologically minded
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Logical thinking
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Problem solving

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

You will most likely start your career in a specialist consulting firm that focuses on either the built environment, health and safety issues, or entertainment and performing arts venues.

When you’ve gained experience working in a project team, you might progress to running a team or alternatively become a freelance consultant who specialises in a particular area of acoustics.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

Large scale construction and engineering projects such as tunnels and new railway lines employ acoustics specialists. Some manufacturers also need information on the impact of their products on people’s hearing.

Another interesting aspect of this role is preventing and resolving disputes. An acoustics study can explain why someone is being disturbed by their neighbour.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Architectural and Environmental Acoustics Technician
Acoustics Laboratory Technician
Acoustics Calibration Engineering Technician
Supporting Environmental Health Practitioner for Noise
Acoustics Product Design Technician

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