What they do
Gallery or museum technicians are responsible for designing, installing and disassembling displays for galleries and museums. This can include mounting and preparing objects for exhibitions, as well as installing and operating a variety of electronic equipment. They may also have to catalogue and organise specimens and artworks for storage. Some gallery or museum technicians are also involved in assisting with the general maintenance of the gallery or museum space, such as minor repairs, painting walls or changing the lighting.
Specialisations include: Taxidermist
Gallery or museum technicians work in a variety of spaces, including large public organisations as well as smaller private boutique galleries and community historical museums. They may spend some of their time in storage warehouses collecting items and artefacts for displays. Their hours of work depend on the operating hours of the venue, frequency of exhibitions, and special events hosted.
Tools and technologies
Gallery or museum technicians will use a variety of craft and construction materials to set up exhibition displays and adjust lighting to best suit the display. They may also need to be familiar with audio-visual multimedia, and other new technologies used in the construction of displays. This can include interactive devices such as tablets and computers.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a gallery or museum technician you usually need to complete a formal qualification in library, information and cultural services or library and information services.
The Certificate IV in Library, Information and Cultural Services and the Diploma of Library and Information Services are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The curatorial assistant and museum assistant officer traineeships usually take 36 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.