A Lighting Engineer is in charge of most aspects of the lighting. Lighting Engineers work with the director using semiology to create the desired effect. They have to take into account the genre in order to create the right atmosphere of the film or TV show. They are in charge of setting up the lights and maintaining them. They decided where to place each light and the filter that goes on it. They are in charge of overseeing the movement of the lights if necessary.
Lighting Engineers create lighting storyboards of the set. A lighting storyboard is where the lights are placed on the set and what direction they are facing. Lighting storyboards will also include measurements and the placement of the wires.
A lighting Engineer will need to be able to lift heavy lights up ladders. They should not be afraid of heights as many lighting rigs are set up above the set. They need to be aware of the risks at all times and should be making risk assessments. They should have a good understanding of circuits and electronics.
You can become a Lighting Engineer in a variety of different ways. University is a way of getting a provable level of education and to expand your contacts. Becoming an intern or taking up an apprenticeship can be a great way of getting the job. Working on theatre lighting can be the first step to becoming a film or TV lighting Engineer. Most Lighting Engineers are freelance and are only employed on a short term contract.