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Broadcast Engineering Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises broadcast engineering activities and personnel in maintenance of technical and operational standards in broadcasting signals and ensures compliance to Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) rules and regulations for on-air operations. Trains and schedules subordinate personnel in broadcast engineering activities.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of four classifications. It is distinguished from the Broadcast Engineering Senior in that it reports to the Chief and supervises Broadcast Engineer Senior and Broadcast Engineers and technicians. Incumbents in this classification are required to maintain "on-call" or standby status for response to emergency situations on a rotational basis.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of subordinates.
  • Interprets FCC and industry technical standards to measure quality of equipment performance to ensure regulations are met; ensures maintenance activities of studio equipment and/or remote facilities.
  • Prepares and maintains various technical records and engineering logs.
  • Advises department personnel, users and viewers on technical capabilities of system/equipment and answers questions or resolves technical problems.
  • Participates in the planning of department short and long range plans for facility changes, system modifications and installations.
  • Schedules engineering activities and workers based on facilities requirements.
  • Establishes and updates departmental procedures as needed.
  • Coordinates the ordering of broadcast supplies and equipment; makes recommendation for major equipment purchases.
  • Monitors broadcast engineering budget; determines if department expenditures are within budget parameters and decides on what adjustments are necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of broadcast rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of maintenance, usage and design of technical broadcasting equipment.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Electronics, Broadcasting or related field AND five years experience in broadcast equipment repair, design and installation; OR, Six years experience in broadcast equipment repair, design 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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