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Broadcast Engineer Careers

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Work Environment:

As a transmission or broadcast engineer, you'd ensure that radio and television programs are broadcast to the highest quality and at the right time.

Being a broadcast engineer, you may also work on OBs (outside-broadcasts) and studio, post-production operations, and newer media like webcast and interactive TV. You may concentrate on servicing the equipment, or you may be included in broadcasting.

Your main duties could comprise:

  • Identifying and fixing technical errors by minimum loss of service
  • Designing and assembling video and audio circuits
  • Vision-mixing, editing programs live as they're being recorded or transmitted

  • Fitting multimedia software, hardware and digital broadcast-technology systems
  • Installing studio equipment for editing and transmission
  • Servicing and testing equipment
  • Installing and operating connections between OB units and studios
You'd work as member of a group which can comprise presenters, producers and studio managers.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

Generally, you'll gain entry to broadcast engineering by new entrant training scheme of broadcasting firm. To accomplish this, you'll usually necessitate a degree or BTEC: HND/HNC in broadcast, electrical or electronic engineering.

Few firms might admit you with A-levels or equivalent qualifications into design technology or science. You'll be required to demonstrate that you've aptitude for the work and strong interest in technology, if you do not have an engineering-associated HND or degree.

Then again, you might be capable to get work opportunity as an assistant or runner at a TV studio, and later acquire a position on an engineering training-scheme.

Competition is tough for places on training schemes. You might improve chances with gaining work experience in utilizing broadcast technology-equipment. You can accomplish this by:

  • Student-film and TV productions
  • Work placements by broadcasters
  • Hospital or community radio
You'll necessitate experience in repairing and maintaining electronic equipment, and understanding of broadcast technology, if you do not begin by a training scheme. It'd be useful to hold NVQs or different qualifications into electrical or electronic engineering.

Training Details:

Normally, you'll spend around eighteen months to 2 years on a training scheme of broadcaster, learning at the work and acquiring related short training courses.

While you're in training, you might begin as a network operations assistant or tape operator within a control-room, and advance to broadcast engineer after experience of around 5 years.

All through your vocation, you must stay updated with latest technology, e.g. digital and multimedia systems. Your company/employer might give continuing training. If you're working on freelance basis, you may have to arrange continuing training by yourself.

Skills and knowledge:

  • IT-skills
  • Understanding of health and safety measures
  • Fitness and stamina
  • Understanding of electronic and electrical equipment
  • Excellent team working and communication abilities
  • Excellent technical and practical abilities
  • Flexibility and readiness to work for unsocial/long hours as required
  • The capability to identify and fix errors

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations can be about $19,000 for a year.
  • Experienced broadcast engineers can receive around $31,000 to $41,000 annually.

Working Conditions:

You'd work weekly for about 41 hours. You may need to work on shift scheme, with nights and weekends. You might have to work for extended hours at short-notice, specifically for news programs.

You can work within control rooms, recording studios, maintenance workshops, studios, and on OBs in all locations and climate conditions. OBs and location-work can include staying away from house in the UK and perhaps overseas.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with the BBC and the global TV broadcasters like ITV, Channel 4, Five and S4C. You can work with outside broadcast firms, satellite and digital broadcasters or radio stations. You can also work with facilities houses which rent out broadcast equipment.

Work can be fixed term or permanent contracts. By experience, you may also work on freelance basis.

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