Wednesday – January 16, 2019

Audio Engineer (2017-2018)
Technical Diploma
School of Media and Creative Arts / Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-701-1


For Information: 414-297-6433
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — Completing this two-semester program will prepare you for entry-level positions in the audio engineering field, including working with live sound at concerts, stage and church settings; studio recording and studio engineering; field recording; production of beats; audio for gaming; sound for film; and sound for interactive applications such as animation, multimedia and the web. 

Students should have normal hearing and visual abilities, and a well-developed sense of creativity with a talent for problem-solving. Important to your success in this program is your ability to work as part of a team as well as being a self-starter, and to be able to work under stress and meet deadlines.


Career Pathway — After earning this technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the Audio Production associate degree program. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Positions for recording engineers exist with commercial recording studios producing final product for recording artists; studios producing audio voice, music and sound effects for commercials and radio programs; studios recording music for publishing companies, movie soundtracks and sound effects tracks; animation; gaming and multimedia. Other opportunities include audio engineers for live music applications.

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Program Learning Outcomes  Employers will expect graduates to possess the following skills:
  • Be technically and artistically prepared for entry-level employment in the audio recording industry
  • Demonstrate mastering skills
  • Demonstrate live mixing skills
  • Demonstrate microphone selection and placement
  • Demonstrate post-production mixing skills
  • Demonstrate core abilities (critical thinking, communication, work habits, using technology)

Admission Requirements  The following are required for admission to the program:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course  placement assessment
Possible Careers
Audio Engineer
Live Sound Engineer
Mastering Engineer
Mixing Engineer
Music Tracking Engineer

Related Programs

Audio Production
Music Occupations
Television and Video Production


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERMS                                                    


(1)  MUSIC-148

Music Fundamentals 1



(1)  AUDIO-100

Introduction to Audio Software



(1)  AUDIO-102

Techniques of Sound Recording



(1)  AUDIO-103

Recording Live Concerts



(1)  MUSIC-189

Voice Lab 1



(1)  ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

  (or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡

(2)  MUSIC-177

Piano Lab 1



(2)  AUDIO-111

Advanced Audio Software



(2)  AUDIO-116

Advanced Techniques of Sound Recording



(2)  AUDIO-117

Sound Reinforcement



(2)  AUDIO-114

Critical Listening of Sound/Music





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated March 2017.