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Become A Broadcast Engineer

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Working As A Broadcast Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $37,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Broadcast Engineer Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group

* Provide the engineering design and assist with the building and installation of electronic systems/equipment as assigned
* Maintain and repair transmitters (AM, FM, TV, Microwave, Fiber, satellite, etc.), receivers, cameras, switchers, graphic systems, audio equipment, video tape systems, routers, automation/editing systems, intercoms, two-way radios, monitors and display systems
* Provide budget information to support the implementation of new systems
* Provide technical support to operational users
* Consult and communicate with engineering management and other engineers on technical issues as required
* Provide specific engineering signal flow diagrams for CAD documentation on all work performed on technical systems
* Perform all technical work to engineering standards and practices
* Other duties may be assigned

What Does A Broadcast Engineer Do At CBS Corporation

* Broadcast Engineers take direction from the Engineering Management Team and assist, on a daily basis, local union represented broadcast engineers to address a variety of capital projects as well as routine maintenance of remote RF sites and assist in troubleshooting issues as they arise in the technical plant.
* It will also require regular support of the news, sports, design and sales departments in addressing their technical needs and triaging priority tasks.
* The position requires an engineer with a positive attitude and the ability to react well to changing conditions that are present in a 24/7/365 broadcast facility.
* Experience installing, configuring and troubleshooting studio equipment from a variety of manufacturers (e.g.
* Pesa, Evertz, Snell, Harris, Leitch, Dell, HP and others) is preferred and references to specific major broadcast systems should be provided

What Does A Broadcast Engineer Do At Nascar

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Manage the day to day engineering duties and maintenance of equipment on live broadcasts
* Build and program live shows in collaboration with Senior Broadcast Engineers
* Maintain engineering shop
* Configure and patch connections between microphones, amplifiers, fiber transmitters, telephone lines, and auxiliary power supplies to relay broadcast material to master control
* Test and troubleshoot equipment prior to broadcast
* Manage parts inventories, cable pulling, equipment installation and integration
* Maintain open lines of communications in order to quickly remedy broadcast interruptions
* Provide technical support for the IT and other Engineering Departments
* Work to increase knowledge of control rooms, studios and other parts of the Broadcast facility, including switcher programming, audio console programming, intercom programming, and other necessary live broadcast programming
* Travel: 10% including weekends

What Does A Broadcast Engineer Do At Comcast

Basic understanding of ‘Automation Workflow’; recognizing missing media and getting media to air devices from various sources

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How To Become A Broadcast Engineer

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically need postsecondary education. Depending on the work they do, it could either be a postsecondary nondegree award or an associate’s degree.  


Audio and video equipment technicians, as well as sound engineering technicians, typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or certificate, whereas broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. However, in some cases workers in any of these occupations may need only a high school diploma to be eligible for entry-level positions.

Postsecondary nondegree programs for audio and video equipment technicians and sound engineering technicians may take several months to a year to complete. The programs include hands-on experience with the equipment used in many entry-level positions.

Broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. In addition to courses in math and science, coursework for prospective broadcast technicians should emphasize practical skills such as video editing and production management.

Prospective broadcast and sound engineering technicians should complete high school courses in math, physics, and electronics. They must have excellent computer skills to be successful.


Because technology is constantly improving, technicians often enroll in continuing education courses and they receive on-the-job training to become skilled in new equipment and hardware. On-the-job training includes topics such as setting up cables or automation systems, testing electrical equipment, learning the codes and standards of the industry, and following safety procedures.

Training for new hires can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the types of products and services the employer provides. Although some apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more experienced technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by most employers, earning voluntary certification will offer advantages in getting a job as a broadcast or sound engineering technician. Certification tells employers that the technician meets certain industry standards and has kept up to date with new technologies.

For example, the Society of Broadcast Engineers offers eight broadcast engineering certifications, two operator certifications, and two broadcast networking certifications. All of them require passing an exam. Similarly, InfoComm International offers an audiovisual Certified Technology Specialist credential.

Other Experience

Practical experience working in a high school or college audiovisual department also can help prepare someone to be an audio and video equipment technician.


Although many broadcast and sound engineering technicians work first in small markets or at small stations in big markets, after they gain the necessary experience and skills they often transfer to larger, better paying radio or television stations. Few large stations hire someone without previous experience, and they value more specialized skills.

Experienced workers with strong technical skills can become supervisory technicians or chief engineers. To become chief engineer at large television stations, technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technicians need to communicate with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that clients’ needs are met and that equipment is set up properly before broadcasts, live performances, and presentations.

Computer skills. Technicians use computer systems to program equipment and edit audio and video recordings.

Manual dexterity. Some technicians set up audio and visual equipment and cables, a job that requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Others adjust small knobs, dials, and sliders during radio and television broadcasts and live performances.

Problem-solving skills. Technicians need to recognize equipment problems and propose possible solutions to them. Employers typically desire applicants with a variety of skills, such as setting up equipment, maintaining the equipment, and troubleshooting and solving any problems that arise.

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Broadcast Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Carrier

  • Romanian

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Italian

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Real Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Engineer 3, Broadcast ENG Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Apr 24, 2015 $101,756 -
Staff Engineer 3, Broadcast Engineer Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Sep 30, 2016 $101,010
Senior Broadcast Engineer Globecomm Systems, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Aug 08, 2014 $100,635
Senior Broadcast Engineer Globecomm Systems, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 09, 2011 $97,219
Senior Broadcast Engineer Globecomm Systems, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 08, 2011 $97,219
Staff ENG 3, Broadcast ENG Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Nov 08, 2014 $90,012
Staff Engineer 3, Broadcast Engineering Directv, Inc. El Segundo, CA Nov 07, 2011 $90,012
Broadcast Engineer SVP, Inc. CA Dec 21, 2009 $90,000
Staff ENG 3, Broadcast Engineer Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Oct 25, 2014 $84,799 -
Chief Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Oct 15, 2014 $80,000
Broadcast Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $77,500
Chief Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Nov 08, 2013 $76,440 -
Chief Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Jun 30, 2015 $74,897 -
Engineer, Broadcast Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2014 $73,923 -
Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Nov 30, 2014 $73,791 -
Chief Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Dec 19, 2011 $72,700 -
Chief Broadcast Engineer WTVZ, Inc. Norfolk, VA Jul 05, 2011 $72,700 -
Broadcast Engineer KSWB-TV Fox 5, A Division of Tribune Television Company San Diego, CA Jan 01, 2016 $67,817
Broadcast Engineer KSWB LLC San Diego, CA Jan 01, 2016 $67,817
Broadcast Engineer KSWB LLC San Diego, CA Dec 31, 2016 $67,817
Broadcast Engineer ORAD, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $67,500
Broadcast Engineer Consultant BEI Electronics LLC DBA Broadcast Electronics Quincy, IL Jan 10, 2016 $62,500
Broadcast Engineer Consultant BEI Electronics LLC Quincy, IL Oct 01, 2013 $62,500
Broadcast Engineer Consultant BEI Electronics LLC Quincy, IL Oct 01, 2010 $62,500
Broadcast Engineer III Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 21, 2013 $62,171 -

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Top Skills for A Broadcast Engineer


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Top Broadcast Engineer Skills

  1. Audio Equipment
  2. Video Production
  3. Remote Broadcasts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Controlled audio equipment to regulate sound quality during broadcasts
  • Performed extensive repair design and maintenance of video production systems including editing and tape.
  • Acted as quality control on numerous remote broadcasts while monitoring equipment performance.
  • Operated audio mixer, video switcher, studio cameras, etc.
  • Install, maintain and repair all equipment for multiple facilities including studio and remote microwave and transmitter sites.

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