Los Angeles Community College District

Projectionist (#4609)

$34.45-$42.68 hourly / $5,970.96-$7,396.98 monthly / $71,651.52-$88,763.76 annual


Sets up, adjusts, operates, tests, and maintains projection equipment including video and digital projection systems, 35mm, 16mm, and other motion picture film projectors, integral parts of projection system, and double system sound dummies. Sets up and synchronizes any additional audio and/or visual playback machines.

Typical Duties

Sets up and operates video and digital projection systems, 35mm, 16mm, and other motion picture projectors, their corresponding sound system, including Dolby Stereo units and double system reproducers, lamp houses and xenon lamps for classes in the screening rooms.

Synchronizes sound dummies and any additional audio and/or visual playback machines with projectors for use in transfers, mixing, dubbing or looping.

Demonstrates to instructors and students the proper use of professional motion picture projectors, ancillary equipment, sound dummies, and synchronizers.

Cross-connects projectors, sound dummies, consoles, and interlock facilities as required.

Prepares film materials for projection, including inspecting and repairing films and soundtracks for mixes and regular shows.

Performs maintenance and minor repairs on projectors, integral parts of projection system, and sound dummies.

Instructs students on the appropriate method of building and setting up materials needed for mixing, as specified by industry standards.

Requisitions spare parts and supplies as needed.

Keeps records of equipment and repairs.

May perform dubbings, loopings, transfers, and may project for sound mixes.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as needed.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Projectionist is responsible for the set up, adjustment, operation, testing, minor repair, and maintenance of professional motion picture projectors, video and digital projection equipment, and all related connecting equipment, including sound dummies, audio consoles, and interconnecting facilities.

An Instructional Media Technician operates, adjusts, maintains, receives, distributes, and issues instructional media equipment and provides technical assistance in the preparation of instructional media materials.


General supervision is received from a classified or academic supervisor. Work direction may be provided to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Motion picture projection and other related equipment

Operation of professional 35mm, 16 mm, video, digital and other related projection equipment

Methods, materials, and tools used in the minor repair, maintenance, and adjustment of standard models of a variety of sound motion-picture projectors

Basic mechanical and electronic principles related to moving picture projectors and other related equipment, including motion picture interlock systems

Recordkeeping procedures

Basic operations of computer equipment

Skill in:

Operating, maintaining, and repairing film projectors and other related equipment

Ability to:

Operate and adjust projectors and other related equipment properly

Set up sound dummies and synchronize them with projectors

Demonstrate to instructors and students the operation of motion picture equipment

Make minor repairs to motion picture projection equipment

Work independently

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff

Learn new innovations in film technology and related fields including new types or models of projection equipment

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND one year of full-time, paid experience as a projectionist using 35mm equipment. Course work in cinema arts is desirable.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 4609; EST: ; REV: 8/14/2019;