Broadcast Operations Technician Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
up, adjusts, maintains and operates various broadcast equipment in
order to maintain on-air operations and ensure federal regulations
and standards are met. May work in the tape and master control area,
ensuring audio and video quality meet internal and external
a specialized classification and not part of a series. Incumbents in
this classification are required to respond quickly to emergency
situations and deal with pressure inherent to broadcasting
deadlines. Typically reports to Broadcast Engineering Supervisor.
Examples of Duties:
- Prepares and operates all record and play back machines for
daily broadcast operations.
- Records programs according to program logs from national
network for future broadcast use and reviews tapes to insure
appropriate video and audio quality is achieved.
- Determines if equipment is functioning properly; performs
adjustments and minor maintenance on equipment as needed.
- Operates master control switching equipment for station
breaks, identification and promotional material.
- Sets up, adjusts and checks projection equipment to maintain
proper picture quality of on-air broadcasting.
- Inspects films, videotapes and slides against program and
- Dubs programs from one format to another in adherence to
- Maintains operating and transmitting logs as required by
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations; documents
discrepancies in program log during assigned shift and documents
and submits detailed trouble reports for equipment failures.
- Responds to emergency situations as technical difficulties
arise; determines proper response and repairs equipment or
notifies proper authorities.
- Checks transmitter parameters to insure operation within
federal regulations; brings power to optimal operating level.
- Assists with installation of new equipment and performs
minor maintenance and repairs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of tape and master control equipment and
procedures, depending on area of assignment.
- Knowledge of television camera operations and set up.
- Knowledge in operation of video tape recorders.
- Knowledge of broadcasting rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of basic electronic theory.
- Knowledge of basic computer operation.
year technical training in the operation of video tape recorders
and/or master control equipment AND three years experience operating
video tape recorders and/or master control equipment or related
experience; OR, Four years experience operating video tape recorders
and/or master control equipment or related experience; OR, Any
equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which
comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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