Communications Broadcast Engineer
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$28,100 - $106,700 3,000+

What Does a Broadcast Engineer Do?

A broadcast engineer juggles many priorities. That’s part of what makes this job so exciting!

This job has many names, including broadcast technician, broadcast technologist, broadcast engineering technician, sound engineering technician, broadcast operator or sound engineer. No matter the name, these professionals work primarily in television and radio.

A broadcast engineer is trained to set up, maintain and operate the specialized equipment that controls the quality and clarity of the transmitted images, audio and video we see on television and hear on the radio and the internet.

A technician or engineer provides technical support for films, live broadcasts, concerts and music recordings. This person works with computer programs to edit audio and video recordings. He or she may also work on the design, installation and maintenance of computer networks. 

Where does a broadcast technician work? There are many options, including television networks, radio stations and production companies that create work for cable, satellite or internet viewers. 

Being a broadcasting engineer may involve night and weekend work or working in difficult weather conditions.

Working in broadcasting is a place where good problem-solvers will flourish. The mixture of hands-on broadcasting tools with computer hardware and software means troubleshooting on the fly is a must. 

If this sounds intriguing, keep reading to understand broadcast technician education requirements and much more. 

A broadcast engineer operates, monitors and adjusts the controls at a sound board 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)


  • Operate audio, video, lighting and broadcast equipment and monitor for quality during radio and television broadcasts
  • Operate satellite or other transmitter equipment used to broadcast programs
  • Set up and operate electronic equipment for recorded events and live performances
  • Test all equipment and troubleshoot any problems
  • Convert video and audio to digital formats 
  • Follow Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and other laws

How To Become a Broadcast Engineer: FAQs

The bottom line:

If you possess many or all of those skills, a job in broadcasting could be in your future. This rapidly changing industry offers the opportunity to grow and learn over the course of your career. Ready to get started? Check out the programs offered by SkillPointe’s training partners and take the next step.

Robin O’Neill, broadcast engineering ambassador, sits at a computer with headphones on

Working in broadcasting

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," she says.

The 26-year-old technical manager says she learned almost exclusively on the job, though her production knowledge and quick thinking skills certainly helped.

She also credits good mentors and strong networking skills with getting where she is today. 

Here's how a crisis created an opportunity for her.

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