What is TechOps?
TechOps is short for ‘Technical Operations’ (also known as ‘Technical Services’) for Dragon*Con, an annual Sci-fi & Fantasy convention in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Dragon*Con occurs annually over Labor Day weekend (typically the first weekend of September).
What does TechOps do at Dragon*Con?
Our department is responsible for setting up, breaking down, repairing, moving, and running sound, lights, and general A/V equipment for the entire convention. We work HARD - a minimum of 25 hours during the convention - and many of us work extra hours to make sure things run smoothly during the convention. When we do our job right the crowds barely notice there’ve been any glitches.
Please note: We do not generally work with computer software, hardware, or networking at the Convention.
More information about being a Volunteer is on the main Dragon*Con
page at their Volunteers Page
Things you must have to work on TechOps:
- Good work ethic
- Ability to work well with others
- Ability to work 25 hours during the convention
- A can-do attitude
- Common Sense
- An intense burning geekiness
- Drive to go above and beyond
- Capability to lift and carry a max of 20 lbs of equipment from time to time
- Be able to follow verbal directions
- Be willing to ask for help or clarifications
Specific skills we are looking for in new staffers:
- Previous stage crew experience
- Previous A/V skills
- Crowd management skills
- Audio (soundboards)
- Stage lighting
- Small A/V (Move & set up televisions, projectors, screens, DVD players, VCRs, Betamax, etc.)
Other helpful abilities:
- Be cool, logical, and organized under pressure
- Be able to juggle multiple “I need this now!” requests at once
- Be cool, logical, and organized under pressure (did we say that already?)
- Have good people-herding skills
Things you can expect from TechOps:
- Meet new people & make new friends
- Share in the satisfaction of helping run Dragon*Con
- An astounding amount of fun
When we work:
TechOps starts loading in equipment on both Wednesday and Thursday before the convention and we breakdown equipment on Monday as the final panels complete in any given room (Main Programming or Track Room). As a volunteer, you would not be required to work both load-in and load-out, but it is a major task and we need as many people as possible to help out with both of these.
After load-in is complete, our department runs from about 6P Thursday for the concerts until load-out is finished on Monday evening. We need early morning, mid-day, AND late night people.
When you apply to work on TechOps, please list your experience. We do not always have open positions, but we can sometimes make exceptions for those with special qualifications.
How to apply:
Click HERE to switch to the Join The Crew tab, and fill out the form. Once you are approved, you'll be brought online in our database (which is completely separate from the official Dragon*Con Volunteer database).
If you can, come to the next Dragon*Con staff meeting. There are usually three in the months leading up to Dragon*Con. Introduce yourself. Tech staffers generally hang out at the back of the room. We’re hard to miss.
How To Join The Pirate Crew
Joining the Pirate Crew is easy!
Simply fill out the form below (please fill out accurate information), captcha the re-captcha, and then hit JOIN THE CREW.
Once you are approved, a TechOps representative will contact you to complete the process.
Applications usually are first reviewed in the latter part of Spring (April/May timeframe)