What does a Broadcast Engineer do?

Broadcast engineers provide technical support to broadcast facilities in the repair, maintenance, design, and modification of technical broadcasting equipment. They work primarily in television and radio and provide support in film, concerts, and music recording to ensure quality production and transmission of video and audio. Broadcast engineers typically work in a broadcast or recording studio and sometimes work in entertainment venues. They receive and install new audio and visual devices and understand technical manuals to effectively follow installation instructions.

Broadcast engineers perform regular maintenance on equipment and preventative maintenance, including software and hardware updates. They must be efficient in troubleshooting and diagnosing video and audio issues that come up, which requires extensive testing before a recording or transmission and solving problems as they arrived after a broadcast has begun. They stay up-to-date on changing technologies to maintain excellent quality and provide the company or studio with recommendations for updates, enhancements, and modifications. Broadcast engineers need a minimum associate's degree in electronics, broadcasting or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Broadcast Engineer jobs?
  • Required to provide technical support for live production and assist with occasional remote productions.
  • Work closely with team members to facilitate any changes and updates to on-air style and workflow.
  • Work closely with news producers to deliver compelling and clean products to viewers.
  • Must be able to lift and operate handheld cameras weighing 26+lbs and climb ladders.
  • Cut topical promotions, and assist with in-studio promotion shoots.
  • Maintain and clean the studio on a daily basis, including sweeping and polishing floors and glass surfaces, and replacing studio lights in the overhead grid.
  • Work directly with the EIC to handle all required preventive and technical maintenance of onboard broadcast equipment.
  • Assist Engineer in Charge (EIC) in running a truck, with desire to learn and develop to become a truck EIC.
  • Learn to Build shows from the ground up, including router configuration, signal flow troubleshooting, and working with various technicians to establish show requirements and turn them into executed solutions.
  • Enforce consistent software quality by implementing tests and perform code reviews
  • Efficient use of server-side caching as well as edge caching for video stack.
  • Checking the daily Master Control playlist during shift for any issues.
  • Able to troubleshoot, fix and solve complex problems involving broadcast equipment, television studio, control room, field camera, audiovisual, visual information graphics, IT and telecommunications gear.
What are the typical qualifications for Broadcast Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science, electronics, engineering or information technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Hands-on experience with a range of AV systems including switchers and interfaces.
  • Solid editing abilities.
  • Familiar with writing protocols.
  • Fluent in a variety of programming languages, software, and systems.
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Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,549 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$46K
Median: $74K
$118K
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Broadcast Engineer Career Path

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Broadcast Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

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“pay is not great but not horrible either”

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Sep 15, 2020

“Operational jobs involve work with outsourced parties which are not cooperative nor innovative.”

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Dec 8, 2021

“managers always listen to your concern but I don't sure your concern will be addressed or not.”

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Feb 15, 2021

“working there was really great”

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Nov 29, 2021

“Good for learning”

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Jun 4, 2021

“the pay is not the reason you work here”

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“Great people to work with!”

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