What is it like to be part of the crew? Will I get paid?
Crew members are volunteers. Only once you become a licensed pyrotechnic operator do you get paid. Read more on fireworks crew pay. Before becoming a crew member, you must fill out an employee possessor form that is sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) for a thorough background check. If you have been convicted of a felony, or are an illegal alien in the USA, then you will not be able to handle explosives.
Since pyrotechnic operators work as independent contractors to big display companies, they provide their own crew. This means, in order to get into the world of pyrotechnics, you typically need to know someone who has a pyrotechnics license, who is willing to take the time to train you and let you into their crew. Lucky for you, we are willing to train new people, given there is an opening on our crew (not always the case), you are at least 18, and you are willing to put the time and effort into being trained. The entire time as a crew member, you will be working under direct supervision of the licensed pyrotechnic operator in charge.
Note that since we are one of the primary traininers for our official partner Pyro Spectaculars, you must exclusively crew and shoot shows sold by Pyro Spectaculars. This means we only provide training for those interested in shooting shows for Pyro Spectaculars. Fear not, Pyro Spectaculars is the largest fireworks display company in California, and is one of the most respected fireworks display companies in the world. We do not except people who want to come crew for us to just get experience and then get licensed and shoot for other fireworks display companies.
If your looking to make a profit, or a 9-5 job, this is not the place for you. If you want to become a licensed pyrotechnic operator, you need to volunteer on different crews for a minimum of two years. Its best to see this as a hobbie that you really enjoy and would do for free in most cases, and getting paid is only a bonus. If you want to obtain a pyrotechnic operators license, we will be happy to guide you through the process and try to make it as painless as possible.
All of our new crew are required to read through all of our pyrotechnician training pages before coming out to work their first show, and is a good start for anyone wanting to break into the industry. If your still asking how to become a pyrotechnician:
Apply here to become part of our professional fireworks crew!
Make sure you check out our FREE Online Fireworks Training pages!
Check out Fireworks Videos from some of our previous fireworks displays!