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What Does a Broadcast Engineer Do?

Broadcast engineers must juggle a lot of priorities — and that’s part of what makes the job so exciting. Also called broadcast technicians or broadcast and sound engineering technicians, they work primarily in television and radio. They are trained to set up, maintain and operate the specialized equipment that controls the transmission and quality of the images, audio and video we see on television and hear on the radio. They provide technical support for films, concerts and music recordings, ensuring the quality production and transmission of audio and video. They often work with the design, installation and maintenance of computer networks and work with computer programs to edit audio and video recordings.

The job often involves night and weekend work. It may require working in inclement weather.

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1,300+
Broadcast engineers operate, monitor and adjust the controls at sound boards and other equipment used in radio and TV
You need to be calm under pressure to be a good broadcast engineer because it’s a fast-paced environment. (Credit: eldar nurkovic/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Manage and maintain audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts
  • Manage local and wide area computer networks to distribute data and programs
  • Operate and maintain the transmitters used to broadcast programs
  • Convert video and audio records to digital formats 
  • Record speech, music and other sounds on recording equipment or computers, sometimes using complex software
  • Comply with FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations and state, federal and local laws
  • Set up and take down equipment for recorded events and live performances
Education + Training

Broadcast technicians and engineers need a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree in broadcast technology or a related field. Course work should include math, science, production management and video editing. In addition to classroom instruction, aspiring technicians should also get hands-on experience in the industry.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Are good at multi-tasking
  • Work well under pressure
  • Are an excellent communicator
  • Excel at troubleshooting
  • Possess strong manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Like working with audio and video equipment

Broadcast Engineer training in your area

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Digital Film Advanced Certificate

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Broadcast Announcing Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Radio Television Broadcasting Certificate

San Antonio College
San Antonio (0.0 Miles)

Communication Media, Mass Communication Concentration, A.A.S.

Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier City (0.0 Miles)

Digital Audio Specialist Certificate

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids (0.0 Miles)

Digital Broadcasting Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Communication Media, Multimedia Concentration (Non-Prescriptive), A.A.S.

Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier City (0.0 Miles)

Media Arts & Entertainment Technology, A.A.S.

Mott Community College
Flint (0.0 Miles)

Video/Audio Communication Arts - Sound Recording Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (0.0 Miles)

Visual Storytelling Certificate

Madison Area Technical College
Madison (0.0 Miles)

Digital Mass Media-Broadcast Production Option, A.A.

Ocean County College
Toms River (0.0 Miles)

Communication Media, Sound and Music Recording Concentration, A.A.S.

Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier City (0.0 Miles)
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Robin O’Neill, broadcast engineering ambassador, sits at a computer with headphones on
Meet Ambassador Robin O’Neill

Robin O’Neill got her broadcasting break during a heavy production week at WarnerMedia Studios in Atlanta.

"This was a turning point in my career, and it allowed me to follow the technical production path I’m currently on," says Robin.

The 26-year-old technical manager says she learned almost exclusively on the job, though her knowledge of production and quick thinking certainly helped. She also credits good mentors and strong networking skills with getting where she is today. 

Here's how crisis created opportunity for her.

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