Broadcast Engineer, City of San Diego

To design, install, maintain, upgrade, and repair all audio and video broadcast equipment and systems; and to perform related work as required.

Broadcast Engineer is a journey level technical class allocated only to the County Communications Office. Under general direction, incumbents are responsible for the maintenance, repair, and upgrade of broadcast audio and video equipment and systems. Broadcast Engineers are distinguished from the Multimedia Designer (Video/Web Production Option) class in that the latter are responsible for production based activities such as the operation of video and sound equipment, filming, lighting, editing and copying, writing scripts, and directing.

Examples of Duties

The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Functions

  • Uses test monitors to ensure the quality of the broadcast signal; that the signal complies with FCC parameter regulations, and that the signal remains on the air.
  • Installs, maintains, repairs, and upgrades broadcast audio and video equipment and systems.
  • Troubleshoots equipment and/or system failures.
  • Assesses department needs and recommends equipment purchases and/or designs and constructs audio and video systems.
  • Sets-up and tests audio and video equipment for remote filming, productions, board meetings, conferences, and special presentations.
  • Maintains knowledge of state-of-the-art technology in broadcasting equipment and systems.
  • Maintains financial and maintenance records for the purchase and repair of broadcast equipment and systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Broadcasting process involving the production and maintenance of a signal
  • Remote broadcasting and productions
  • Computer software and broadcast equipment interface (e.g., automated playback systems)
  • Audio and video broadcast equipment and systems operations
  • FCC signal parameter regulations
  • Broadcast equipment and systems technology
  • Electrical systems and general construction
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
  • Current technology and trends in the profession
  • The General Management System (GMS) in principle and in practice
  • Test broadcast signal using oscilloscopes, vectorscopes, multi-meters, frequency counters, and signal generators
  • Install, maintain, and repair audio and video broadcast equipment and systems
  • Install video card upgrades in computers
  • Plan, set-up, test, and troubleshoot broadcast equipment and systems for remote productions and filming
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives, and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Provides responsive, high-quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner

Desirable Traits

  • Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior,
  • Supportive of Change.

Education and Experience

  • Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. Examples of qualifying education/experience:
  • An associate’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency or the equivalent of two (2) years of formal training in advanced electronics or broadcast engineering, AND three (3) years of combined experience in broadcast engineering in a large market with both remote and studio broadcast experience; OR,
  • Five (5) years of combined experience in broadcast engineering in a large market with both remote and studio broadcast experience.

For additional details and a job application, click here.

Posted by GS 6/4/19

Field Broadcast Engineer
EMF Southern California & Las Vegas NV

As a Field Engineer for EMF Broadcasting, K-LOVE/Air1 Media, here’s what you will be doing…

  • Evaluate the overall technical operation of facilities within the Southern California & Las Vegas territory, and take corrective action as needed, to ensure equipment is functioning.
  • Install, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment (such as audio processors and mixers).
  • Install and maintain microwave and satellite equipment.
  • Regularly operate equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and sound.
  • Maintain knowledge of applicable FCC rules and regulations and ensure all equipment within the area of responsibility is operating safely and legally.
  • Analyze and fix technical faults on equipment and systems to the module level.
  • Partner with contract engineers to resolve technical problems.
  • Occasionally, carry out work on non-broadcast equipment (such as electrical generators, air conditioning units, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, etc.) as conditions dictate.
  • Make trips to sites to perform installations or repairs; and EMF headquarters for training or special projects. The length of these trips varies depending on the specific needs.
  • If assigned, serve as Chief Operator/Engineer for one or more broadcast station(s).

To qualify for this position, here’s what you’ll need….

  • 5+ years’ experience troubleshooting and repairing radio broadcast electronic equipment
  • Good understanding of the components necessary in a broadcast air-chain
  • Understanding of satellite technology
  • Understanding of radio frequency emissions
  • Ability to solder and desolder electronic components
  • Knowledge of applicable, broadcast-related FCC rules and regulations
  • Proficiency using standard broadcast test equipment, such as VOMs, oscilloscopes, and RF spectrum analyzers.
  • SBE Certification highly desirable
  • Candidates currently residing in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Yucaipa area preferred.

Employment Requirements:

  • Must pass a pre-employment background & reference check.
  • Must provide proof of legal authorization to work in the US.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable motor vehicle report.

You can apply directly through this link or visit our careers page at

You will be immediately considered and responded to within 2 days.

Posted 4/30/19 by GS

KFMB San Diego
Engineering Supervisor / RF Engineer

KFMB Stations – a TEGNA media company located in San Diego, CA – is looking for an experienced Broadcast/IT/RF Engineer for KFMB’s television (KFMB-TV) and radio (KFMB-FM and KFMB-AM) properties. This position will direct and oversee portions of the day-to-day engineering responsibilities and be responsible for hands-on maintenance of the technical infrastructure at KFMB, including support of the transmitter and satellite locations.

Responsibilities include:

Support day to day operations of broadcast information technology systems, software, and equipment.

Maintain, upgrade, and support broadcast Information Technology throughout the stations including the studio and transmitter facilities.

Troubleshoot and repair computer hardware, software and peripherals, including network servers, storage, network operating systems, PCs and PC applications, LAN cabling, system security and virus protection.

Support telecommunications systems including business telephone switches, PRI, VOIP, carrier Ethernet, and other telecommunications technology.

Work with Windows 2008-2012 Server, and Active Directory in a complex LAN and WAN computing environment. Support network security, network rights, naming standards, login scripts, and software upgrades.

Create and maintain wiring documentation, and system configuration documentation.

Maintain knowledge and stay current on technological advances including computer software and hardware, media and entertainment technologies, television broadcasting, studio production and workstation products.

Train on IT and Broadcast system operation and maintenance to service all aspects of the television environment.

See listing and instructions to apply on the TEGNA Jobs website.

Renewed 6/4/19 by GS

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