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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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Broadcast engineers operate, monitor and adjust the controls at sound boards and other equipment used in radio and TV
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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.

  • 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


Recording Engineer Diploma

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Music/Audio Production & Engineering, A.A.

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Streaming Television and Broadcast Production, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Music/Audio Production & Engineering Certificate of Performance

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Communication- Radio & Television Broadcasting/Cinematic Production, A.A.

El Paso Community College
El Paso (0.0 Miles)

Radio Production and Broadcast Certificate

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland (0.0 Miles)

Audio Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Lee College
Baytown (0.0 Miles)

Video Production and Broadcast Certificate

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland (0.0 Miles)
Lincoln Land Community College

Audio Production Certificate of Completion

Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Audio Engineering Technology Certificate

Lee College
Baytown (0.0 Miles)

Communication: Broadcast Technology, A.A.S.

Parkland College
Champaign (0.0 Miles)

Radio/Television Broadcast Technology Non-Credit Certificate

North Lake College
Irving (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Robin O’Neill
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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