Technical Services

Technical Services

The Technical Services Department serves the audio-visual and technical needs of the Division of Student Affairs along with student organizations and administrative units across the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. Technical Services provides audio, video, lighting, streaming, and hybrid equipment as well as trained staff to support over 3,000 events per year. Whether you are planning weekly club meetings, a concert, lecture series, or anything in between, our professional staff and crew is here to support your vision and make your event a success. We will work directly with you to put together the gear package you need and can provide on-site support staff during your event.

Technical Requests 

Requesting technical support is the responsibility of the person(s) organizing the event. Completing a room reservation in EMS does not include technical services. 

Technical Services requests must be made directly to our department and not through the WPU Reservations Office. Begin your technical request by emailing , or by calling (412-648-7821). 

Requests must be made two weeks prior to the date of the event. All requests for equipment and staffing must be confirmed by Technical Services staff.

Cancellation Policies 

It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to directly notify Technical Services when an event is cancelled. University units failing to cancel a reservation prior to the event date may be charged all related labor and equipment rental fees. 

Student organizations failing to cancel a reservation prior to the event date may lose reservation and/or technical services privileges. 

Equipment Use 

Only the technician assigned to the event is allowed to operate the audio/visual equipment. 

Damages to, or loss of, equipment caused by the client will be billed to the account number provided. 

The costs for all equipment rental and labor are charged to the account number provided. Documentation of these charges is provided upon request.  

Organizations from outside the University paying for services for a University co-sponsored event cannot be billed directly. Charges must be billed to the University unit co-sponsoring the event. 

Certain events may require an audio-visual technician on site. Appropriate fees may apply. 

Technical Services Price List

University Departments / Academic Centers

For additional equipment or services please call us at (412) 648.7821

On-Site Technician $40/hr
Livestreaming for Virtual and Hybrid Events $75 plus Labor
Microphones $20
Wireless Microphones $25
Portable Sound System $75 plus Labor
LCD Projector combo (includes screen and data cabling): $100
Large 9×16 Projector Screen $50 plus Labor
Laptop Computer: $70
Installed Theatrical Lighting System (Assembly Room, WPU only) $50
*All events that require technical support will be charged labor as determined by the Manager based on event needs.

It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to notify Technical Services when an event is canceled. Those that do not cancel the reservation and do not “show up” for the event will be charged for all related labor and equipment rental fees.

All student organizations certified by the Office of Student Life, through the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), are provided with technical support at no charge, but must follow the same guidelines as set forth through these policies.

Events involving live entertainment, (e.g. concerts, fashion shows, talent shows and plays, etc.) require an extra level of coordination between the client and Technical Services. It is also necessary for the event coordinator to contact the Technical Services one month prior to the event to set up a meeting to discuss the event.

Please contact Technical Services at (412) 648-7821 for assistance.

Technical Services
William Pitt Union/O’Hara Student Center

Technical Services FAQ

How do I reserve technical services for an event in WPU/OSC?

On EMS, you can choose what audio/visual equipment you would like at the time of reservation. If you have already submitted your request, once it is confirmed, login to EMS and you can edit your reservation by clicking on “View My Requests”. To add technical services to a reservation, click on the event, then click on the green plus sign under “Services”.

How do I reserve technical services in a classroom?

The Unions’ Technical Services staff do not oversee the classrooms. Please reach out to Center for Teaching and Learning at 412-624-3335.

What equipment can Technical Services offer?

Projector, screen, laptop, audio cables, microphone (wireless, wired, or lapel), DVD deck. Visit Technical Services for pricing information.

Does your building have Wifi?

If you are a current Pitt student, faculty, or staff member you can connect to the Pitt WiFi. If you are not a member of the Pitt community, the event host must sponsor WiFi by contacting CSSD prior to the event date. CSSD can be reached at 412-624-4357.

Can’t I just plug in to the A/V equipment in the meeting rooms?

We recently upgraded the equipment on the 5th and 8th floors and they now require technical assistance. Please request technical services through or in your EMS space request.