Broadcast Engineer

What do Broadcast Engineers do?

Broadcast engineering is the field of electrical engineering, and now to some extent computer engineering, which deals with radio and television broadcasting. Audio engineering and RF engineering are also essential parts of broadcast engineering, being their own subsets of electrical engineering.

Broadcast engineering involves both the studio end and the transmitter end (the entire airchain), as well as remote broadcasts. Every station has a Broadcast Engineer, though one may now serve an entire station group in a city, or be a contract Engineer who essentially freelances his services to several stations (often in small media markets) as needed.

Modern duties of a Broadcast Engineer include:
Maintaining broadcast automation systems for the studio and automatic transmission systems for the transmitter plant.
There are also important duties regarding radio towers, which must be maintained with proper lighting and painting. Occasionally a station's Engineer must deal with complaints of RF interference, particularly after a station has made changes to its transmission facilities.

Broadcast Engineers are generally required to have knowledge in the following areas, from conventional video broadcast systems to modern information technolgy:
Video – Standard / High Definition
Video compression - DV25, MPEG, DVB or ATSC
Television studios - Broadcast Cameras and lenses
Vision Mixers or Production switchers
Digital server playout technologies
Broadcast automation
Disk storage – RAID / NAS / SAN technologies
Archives – Tape archives or grid storage technologies
Operating systems – Windows / Linux
Post production – Capture and Non-linear editing
RF satellite uplinking – High powered Amplifiers
RF satellite downlinking – Band detection, carrier detection and IRD tuning etc.
Health and safety

Above mentioned requirements vary from station to station

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