Broadcast Technicians

Broadcast Tech

Broadcast technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs
Broadcast Tech
Why Should You Consider This Career?

You get the power to spread information through thin air. Work independently with electronics, audio and technology

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Audio Engineer, Board Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Maintenance Engineer, Broadcast Operations Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Control Operator, Production Engineer
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Audio Engineer, Board Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Maintenance Engineer, Broadcast Operations Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Control Operator, Production Engineer
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Your Typical Day:

  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
  • Play and record broadcast programs, using automation systems.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
  • Select sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
  • Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems, and perform maintenance or minor repairs, using hand tools.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Train others on work processes.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 88/100

  • Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 80/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 70/100

  • Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. 64/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 61/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 46/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 45/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 43/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 42/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 37/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Video editors
  • Media control systems
  • Audio mixing consoles
  • Satellite receivers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Microphones
  • Computer servers
  • Videoconferencing systems
  • Frequency analyzers
  • Notebook computers
  • Hard disk drives
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
  • Camera controllers
  • Stage or projection or studio lighting system
  • Minivans or vans
  • Digital voice recorders
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Modulators
  • Network routers
  • Video cassette players or recorders
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