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Broadcast Operations Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Sets 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 standards.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 production schedules.
  • Dubs programs from one format to another in adherence to broadcasting guidelines.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

One 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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