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Broadcast Engineer Chief Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, 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.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 needed.
  • 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 met.
  • 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 teleconferencing systems.
  • Installs and assists in installation of broadcast cameras, video editing and production equipment, audio systems, specialized imaging and computer-based hardware and teleconferencing equipment.
  • 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 systems.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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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