Mar 28, 2018

Head of Automation - TORUK



Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired touring show, TORUK – The First Flight is recruiting for a Head of Automation to lead the Automation Department and oversee the moving parts of the show’s intricate stage. 


Reporting to the Production Manager, and in collaboration with the Artistic Director, you will be required to:

- Manage and oversee automation operations;

- Act as automation equipment operator during rehearsals and performances;

- Ensure that automation systems function smoothly during performances;

- Liaise between the tour and suppliers regarding changes to robotics;

- Protect the integrity of artistic concepts;

- Ensure the safety of automation equipment at all times;

- Ensure the automation team and technical personnel (Cirque employees and supernumerary staff) respect standards and regulations regarding the safety of automation equipment, and apply safe work methods;

- Train and supervise back-up operators with regard to changeovers and replacements;

- Develop and update training and succession programs to ensure continuity of automation operations during performance runs;

- Inspect and maintain automation equipment, and keep records of inspections and alterations;

- Keep automation archives, stock lists, technical documentation and customs documents up to date;

- Seek out, order or purchase new or replacement lighting equipment as per the company’s procurement policies;

- Coordinate activities and supervise personnel during the load-in and load-out of automation equipment;

- Participate in load-in and load-out;

- Support the Production Manager by taking part in the process of hiring new technicians, managing team budgets and projecting capital expenditures;

- Participate in team meetings;

- Respect and support procedures and requirements set by Cirque du Soleil with regard to managing equipment and stock;

- Use the tools and procedures provided to manage inventory and equipment data;

- Follow requirements defined by the customs and logistics departments for transporting equipment with touring shows;

- Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Production Manager.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

- College diploma (or equivalent) in live entertainment, theatre production or electronics (or equivalent work experience);

- Minimum five years' experience in automation systems;

-Technical knowledge of automation systems (PLC, AC motor control, slave systems, control loops, electrical systems);

- General knowledge of mechanical and electronic systems;

- General knowledge of lighting systems an asset;

- Good general understanding of all technical aspects of a show;

- Personnel management experience an asset;

- Flexible, autonomous and team-spirited;

- Good communication skills;

- Ability to handle contingents and work well under pressure;

- Knowledge of Microsoft applications for Windows;

- Fluency in English is essential, fluency in French is an asset;

- Available to travel full time and to foreign countries.


Submit applications via Cirque du Soleil's careers page
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