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Broadcast Engineer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Provides technical support to broadcast facilities in repair, maintenance, installation and modification of technical broadcasting equipment. Incumbents in this classification travel to remote locations for equipment repair, work under pressure in order to meet broadcast deadlines, make decisions and take corrective action with supervision and are required to work various shifts within any 24 hour period of the week.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Broadcast Engineer Senior in that incumbents spend the majority of the time in operating, maintaining and repairing systems and perform more routine maintenance while assisting in high level maintenance under supervision.

Examples of Duties:

  • Operates, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs complex electronic, computer based, optical and mechanical broadcasting systems. Repairs and maintains equipment in emergency and preventative situations.
  • Sets up and operates various broadcasting equipment such as recording, video and editing equipment; checks equipment for operational readiness; provides operational assistance/instruction to others as needed.
  • Prepares and maintains various technical records and engineering logs pertaining to broadcast equipment performance and discrepancies according to regulations.
  • Participates in all aspects of video postproduction, including audio mixing, technical direction, C.G. operation, computer editing, videotape operation and editing.
  • Sets up, maintains and operates remote production facilities, to include all engineering activities associated with remote television productions.
  • Tests and aligns new equipment prior to installation in broadcast facility.
  • Sets up and maintains transmission equipment for broadcast and point-to-point microwave links.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of broadcast rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge in maintenance, usage, and design of technical broadcast equipment.
  • Skill in responding to operational/technical equipment problems.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in repair of digital and computer systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Electronics, Broadcasting or related field AND two years experience in broadcast engineering which included equipment, repair and installation; OR, Four years experience in broadcast engineering which included equipment, repair and installation; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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