FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant (FTAA)

FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant (FTAA)

Position Summary

The FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant is a volunteer who helps keep the FRC field and event running smoothly. Works in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor.  It requires a high level of responsibility and has the ability to impact the quality of the event.


  • Provide backup to the FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA)
  • Work with volunteers to monitor wireless communications and other aspects of the event using available diagnostic tools
  • Be aware of problems that arise and be ready to take steps to quickly diagnose and correct.
  • Assist teams with technical issues on-field
  • Review the Roles and Expectations document for the FTA
  • Participate in training opportunities offered by FIRST

Experience And Skills Needed

  • Familiarity or willingness to become familiar with the control system, diagnostic tools, wiring guidelines and software languages a plus
  • Should be ready to step in should the FTA become unavailable
  • FIRST experience strongly recommended
  • Knowledge of the competition game and rules
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and move about playing field

Time Commitment

Event Commitment:    Minimum 3 days: Thursday through Saturday

Approximate times:   Wednesday: 6:00 P.M.- 8 P.M. (dependent upon Regional*)

                                    Thursday: 8:00 A.M.- 6 P.M.

                                    Friday: 8:00 A.M.- 6 P.M.

                                    Saturday: 8:00 A.M.- end of last match

NOTE: Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration desk. 


Training provided by FIRST Technical Advisor.  Training materials will be available through FTA.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision:  FIRST Technical Advisor provides support and advice during the event


*Please Note: some events will not be conducting a Wednesday evening Volunteer Orientation and Training.