Broadcast Engineer Chief Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
coordinates and directs broadcast engineering activities, ensuring
production and broadcast facilities remain functional and in
compliance with federal engineering standards. Incumbents in this
classification are required to maintain "on call" status for
response to emergency situations.
fourth in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from
the Broadcast Engineering Supervisor in that it is responsible for
supervision of one or more technical facilities and typically
supervises the Broadcast Engineer, Senior. This classification has
responsibility for more sophisticated equipment and complex repairs
as well as coordination and supervisory responsibilities.
Examples of Duties:
- Supervises the activities of subordinates; planning,
organizing and scheduling daily work assignments including
prioritizing work to supply the most efficient technical support
while providing direction and technical control of engineering
projects and evaluating progress and correcting projects as
- Reviews the operations of engineering staff to ensure that
the quality of broadcast operations meet government standards;
reviews and evaluates required logging and maintenance
discrepancy reports; conducts, prepares and maintains various
testing reports to ensure standards and guidelines are being
- Coordinates and consults with appropriate personnel to
ensure that physical plan construction is compatible with
existing and projected systems; reviews and analyzes new and
revised system specifications for electrical, electronic and
computer-based hardware for completeness and compatibility with
present technology and system capabilities; communicates with
manufacturers and vendors with regard to updates and
modification of equipment in the field.
- Plans, schedules, coordinates and implements training
related to broadcast video, audio and analog or digital
- Installs and assists in installation of broadcast cameras,
video editing and production equipment, audio systems,
specialized imaging and computer-based hardware and
- Provides emergency maintenance to transmitters, microwave
systems and other transmission facilities necessary to keep the
broadcast facility fully functional; establishing priorities for
emergencies to meet short and long range facility operations.
- Plans, schedules and coordinates specialized communication
services as need arises.
- Evaluates and monitors technical standards and quality of
in-studio and remote-use equipment.
- Coordinates with users in determining feasibility of
accomplishing proposed work functions or processes by
implementation of video and/or audio systems; creates estimated
budgets in support of requests for proposals; recommends
equipment and material purchases for facility to supervisor.
- Prepares technical data to support broadcast license
renewals and applications for new transmitting facilities.
- Maintains and monitors broadcast engineering budget; ensures
expenditures are within budget parameters.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles and practice of broadcast
engineering including government rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of principles of digital and analog communication
- Knowledge of the usage, design, repair, maintenance and
installation of technical broadcast systems.
- Skill in supervising the work of others.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering, Broadcasting or
related field AND four years experience in broadcast equipment,
system design, repair and installation; OR, Associates degree in
Electronics, Broadcasting or related field AND six years experience
in broadcast equipment, system design, repair and installation; OR,
Eight years experience in broadcast equipment, system design, 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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