Broadcast Engineer Senior Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Provides technical support in broadcast station in repair,
maintenance, installation and modification of technical broadcasting
equipment in studio and at remote sites. 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 without supervision and are required to
work various shifts within any 24-hour period of the week.
second in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from
the Broadcast Engineer in that incumbents work under less
supervision and perform high level maintenance on the most complex
equipment and assist Broadcast Engineer Supervisor in leading and
the training of Broadcast Engineers and others.
Examples of Duties:
- Coordinates the activities of subordinates.
- Operates, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs complex
electronic, computer based, optical and mechanical broadcasting
systems; repairs and maintains equipment in emergency and
- Designs facility changes required to accommodate new
broadcasting equipment; evaluates costs and specifications
required and installs new equipment.
- Sets up and operates various broadcasting equipment in
studio and on location; checks equipment for operational
readiness; provides operational assistance/instruction to others
- 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.
- Develops product documentation as needed.
- Assists in review and analysis of new and revised system
specifications for completeness and compatibility with present
software applications and system capabilities.
- Performs modifications according to engineering
specifications and decides priority or repair, maintenance and
- Tests and evaluates new equipment for possible purchase by
station or department; recommends equipment for purchase.
- Monitors inventory of replacement parts and other
engineering supplies; orders equipment according to departmental
- Sets up and maintains transmission equipment for broadcast
and point-to-point microwave links.
- Fabricates, tests and installs experimental circuitry or
complete prototype model according to engineering instructions
and technical manuals.
- Coordinates with department managers and engineering staff
to plan special facilities and projects. Directs the development
of custom software for special broadcast projects.
- Analyzes the needs and oversees the creation and
implementation of custom software as required by engineering or
- Evaluates remote sites to determine broadcast feasibility,
with direction from supervisor. Specify facility/site changes to
accommodate broadcast requirements.
- Assists in the planning, development and presentation of
training programs for staff in use of new broadcast systems and
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of broadcast rules and regulations.
- Knowledge in maintenance, usage and design of technical
- Skill in responding to operational/technical equipment
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in repair of digital and computer systems.
Associate's degree in Electronics, Broadcasting or related field AND
four years experience in broadcast engineering which includes
equipment repair and installation; OR, Six years experience in
broadcast engineering which includes equipment repair and
installation; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or
education from which comparable knowledge
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