Television Broadcast Engineer


Job Title

Television Broadcast Engineer

Job Description

I. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.

WSMV, a Meredith Corporation TV Station, is seeking a television broadcast engineer which will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of our local transmitter and broadcast equipment. The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing maintenance vendor contracts in areas such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, generators, vehicles, transmitters, towers, station grounds and janitorial services.

The Broadcast engineer will primarily be responsible for the repair and maintenance of all mechanical and electronic components associated with the station’s RF broadcast equipment. This includes an HD transmitter, microwaves transmitters and weather radar. This person will also assist station maintenance engineers with repairs of conventional broadcast and computer equipment located within the broadcast facility, and with the maintenance of mobile production, SNG and ENG vehicles.

Specific duties include repair (to board or component level as appropriate) of power supplies, exciters, intermediate and high-power RF amplifiers, microwave transmitters and receivers, monitors, encoders, audio and video amplifiers, waveform monitors and vector scopes, microwave transmitters and receivers,  and other electronic equipment generally associated with a broadcast television station.

Transmitter engineers must also have a working knowledge of personal computers, basic computer networking, and computer operating systems; be able to install and configure computer hardware, software, and troubleshoot computer-related problems. Because of the nature of the duty, television broadcast engineers are required to be available on a 24/7 basis to address emergency problems. This is a primary requirement of the position…Transmitter engineers are also responsible for assuring that the operation of all station broadcast equipment meets F.C.C. specifications.

II. Essential Job Functions Weight % Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results. 

40%      Troubleshoot hardware and software problems at transmitter and remote microwave sites. Repair to component or board level as appropriate.

20%      Troubleshoot hardware and software problems on studio broadcast equipment.  Repair to component or board level as appropriate.

10%     Provide prompt, courteous and professional customer service to station departments.

10%      Perform preventative maintenance as appropriate on station equipment.

10%      Cross-train other members of the technical staff, and work at improving/updating technical job skills.

05%      Provide technical support to remote broadcasts as needed.

05%      Assist in the design and construction of equipment racks, control rooms and technical work areas.


III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.

Education: 2 yr technical degree or equivalent training.  RF transmitter training preferred.

Experience: Three to five years maintaining solid state and tube type full power transmitters, translators, and microwave, video and audio equipment.  HVAC and basic plant electrical systems experience.

Experience working with contractors, maintenance vendors, vendor employees.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Proficiency with spectrum analyzer, oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, power meters and other test equipment used to repair and calibrate transmitter, microwave, video, audio and associated equipment.

Familiarity with all FCC regulations concerning television broadcasting, LPTV and EAS.

Familiarity with commercial HVAC systems and controls Familiarity with commercial electrical supply and switching systems Ability to negotiate contract pricing and coverage with maintenance vendors Ability to be on-call for specified times.

Must be detail oriented and highly accurate in record keeping and work habits.

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Must be comfortable working in a highly automated, highly computer intensive environment.

Ability to learn different software applications.

Ability to work well under pressure and during equipment failure modes while maintaining a proper and accurate air signal at all times.

Ability to travel to remote sites unsupervised and perform repairs while in field.

It is the policy of Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Meredith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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