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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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Median Salary $
41,000
Jobs Available
3,040+
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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Sound Production Certificate

Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville (0.0 Miles)

Media Production Short Certificate

Lawson State Community College
Birmingham (0.0 Miles)
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - Tempe
Tempe (0.0 Miles)

Broadcasting, A.S. CT

Vincennes University
Vincennes (0.0 Miles)

Music and Audio Recording Technology Diploma

Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg (0.0 Miles)

Audio Production Technologies Certificate

Phoenix College
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Audio Engineering Level 1 Certificate

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)
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Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - Gilbert
Gilbert (0.0 Miles)

Music Recording Technology, A.A.S.

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Media Studies:Television/Video, A.A.S

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (0.0 Miles)

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

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Recording Engineer Diploma

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Robin O’Neill
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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.

Find Broadcast Engineer Jobs in Your Area

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Part-Time Technical Producer/Board Operator

Salem Communications
Elk Grove Village ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Broadcast Engineer

Entercom
Chicago ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

FT Radio Broadcast Maintenance Engineer

Entercom
Los Angeles ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Master Control Operator

Nexstar Media Group
Albuquerque ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Tech./Eng. - Technical Media Producer - KKCO KKCO

Gray Television
Grand Junction ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Midco Sports Network Events Associate - Sioux Falls

Midcontinent Communications
Sioux Falls ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Senior Broadcast Engineer

New Hampshire Public Radio
Concord ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Streaming Media Engineer - Playout Team

fuboTV
Remote ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago