Automation Tech Practicum
During this exclusive 10-month practicum program students are given the opportunity to work at our state-of-the-art Carnival Studios and onboard one of Carnival Cruise Line’s 25 ships. For the first 12 weeks, students will gain experience on both the TAIT Navigator and Mechatronics platforms used onboard as well as exposure to basic entertainment rigging and safety protocols in order to be fully prepared for a 6-month contract. The primary role of the Automation Technician Practicum student is to act as the operator of the automated stage rigging system in the main theater (up to 32 axes of automation) for all shows and activities. This includes full‐cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Game Shows, lounge talks & presentations, and more. They are also responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the drops as well as assisting the Backstage Technician with the maintenance and repair of the scenery and props.
- Perform show load‐ins, pre‐show checklists and loadouts with the tech team for each show.
- Perform rig checks before each show following the preshow checklist procedures.
- Safely and securely operate all the automated equipment during all shows.
- Perform cleaning and basic maintenance of the stage rigging system.
- Assist the Floor, Audio & Lighting Technicians with general theater cleaning and repairs (including but not limited to scenery and stage floor vinyl spot‐repairs).
- Open tickets in IssueTrak detailing any new or outstanding problem pertaining to the computer or mechanical rigging system.
- Communicate with ETM, ED, Shipboard and Shoreside Supervisors any safety concerns that could affect the safety of the cast, running crew, guests, or the ship itself during the show, if operated.
- Become familiar with basic audio/video/lighting equipment setup and operation, to be able to take on the “Tech on Duty” responsibility.
- Demonstrate commitment to Carnival Service Values.
- Maintain a friendly and positive guest service/hospitality attitude while on and off duty.
- Communicate with others and work in a team or independently.
- Ensure uniform policy, the Carnival Look and good hygiene is being followed at all times.
- Actively participate in assigned activities including, but not limited to trainings, drills, safety briefings, “Port Manning”, meetings and performances, as required.
- Possess an enthusiastic attitude and approach.
- The motivation to go above and beyond for our guests.
- Natural ability to communicate with others and work in a team or independently.
- Demonstrate a clean and professional appearance.
- Be able to work under pressure, multitask and make quick judgment calls.
- Basic knowledge in PC hardware & software maintenance and repair.
- Basic rigging knowledge, able to inspect and identify issues and hazards.
- Comfortable working at heights, be able to safely climb to operate electric hoists for various scenery pieces hanging at heights up to 35ft (10.5m).
- Must be able to safely climb an A‐frame ladder and properly operate AWP.
- Be able to work in a “review‐house” environment, with different shows happening in the same theater throughout the cruise, each one requiring different setups and pre‐checks.
- Friendly, professional, self‐motivated individual with a willingness to learn.
- Excellent English verbal skills, able to understand and speak fluently in show‐running environments.
- Good overall health and physical condition (to be determined by physician).
- Ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds.
- Be open to flexible working hours, starting early mornings, up to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Required to work on a per program basis, which includes a 12-week shoreside/onboard combination schedule followed by 3-4 weeks non-paid leave which leads to a full 6-month contract.
- Be able to adapt to the immediate or unforeseen challenges in the industry.
- Be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Paid practicum, fixed monthly salary, paid bi-weekly (weeks between studio training and 6-month contract not paid).
- Room and board included at no additional cost to the student (at studio and onboard).
- All travel expenses from and to your nearest major airport are covered by Carnival Cruise Line (CCL).
- Cost of the Seafarer's Fitness Medical Examination (SFME) and background screening will be covered by CCL.
- Professional and personal development opportunities offered at Carnival Studios and through the Learning Resource Center onboard.
- Training in both TAIT Navigator and Mechatronics platforms.
- Be currently enrolled and attending an accredited college/university.
- Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 cumulative GPA out of a 4.0 scale.
- Be a graduating senior (earning academic credit preferred).
- Be at least 21 years of age or older by the start of the program.
- Be able to obtain a valid USA passport by the practicum offer date.
- Be able to commit to the full-term dates of the program, including the full 6-month contract (10-month commitment).
- Pass all of Carnival Cruise Line’s pre-employment background and medical and dental requirements.
- Educational background and/or entry-level Industry work experience preferably including a background in theater.
- Familiar with industry terms, standards, rules, regulations and common practices of back-stage operations, fly-systems, safe rigging practices and basic schematics.
- Submit application
- Resume with previous employment, education and theater related experience in PDF or Word Doc format.
- Promotional photo
- Academic transcript (either an official or unofficial version).
Round 2 (after acceptance):
- Two letters of recommendation (PDF or Word Doc format):
- Faculty reference; must be within your field of study.
- Supervisor reference; past or present for a position of relative experience
- Cleared Background Check
- Valid US Passport