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Broadcast Engineer

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The Broadcast Engineer maintains all technical facilities, equipment and software applications not overseen by the IT department, for NY1 under the direction of the Director of Engineering. This includes, but is not limited to: satellite, microwave, fiber optic and MPEG transport, control room switchers, routing, patching, familiarity of IT systems, networking, media workflows and facility RF and video distribution. The Engineer ensures that these systems are optimally functioning, maintained, kept up to date and secured in a 24/7 News Network environment. The Engineer must interface closely with systems users to identify and correct problems. This position may require travel to remote bureaus with possible extended stays.


Maintains and repairs on-site and remote broadcast equipment: Broadcast Video and Audio Equipment, Satellite Dishes, Equipment Centers, Studios, Control Rooms, Newsrooms, NLE Edit Rooms.

Works with operations on remote field productions - setting up, breaking down and troubleshooting cameras, cables and switchers. Establishing and maintaining satellite, microwave, MPEG and/or other transmission links.

Coordinates repair of equipment with outside vendors, as well as provides vendor interface for troubleshooting complex system issues.

Documents and maintains equipment maintenance history database and generates status reports for both users and supervisor.

Resolves software problems beginning at the lowest level (user tech - vendor).

Evaluates, researches, and recommends equipment and software acquisitions for the channels and newsrooms.

Installs and upgrades systems components and software as directed, fabricates cables and small part modifications.

Maintains equipment center and workshop, spare parts inventory, tools and storage areas.

Ensures that disaster recovery methods are accurate and accessible (backups).

Works closely with management and peers to develop proficiency resolving engineering and IT issues.

Troubleshoot and repair electronics at the component level. Read, interpret and update station drawings, flow charts and cable run lists.

Develop work around to keep systems running and multi-channel network on air.

Take direction well, work with other engineers and be able to work with vendor support over the phone to resolve issues.

Flexible to work outside the normal hours as business requires, including a rotating on-call shift with availability 24/7.

Must be able to lift 75lbs.

Other duties as assigned.


Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Minimum four year degree in Broadcast Engineering, Communications or related field or the equivalent experience required.

Formal electronics training or equivalent experience preferred.

Minimum of 2 years broadcast television or related field experience required. Engineering experience preferred.

General understanding of CAD and systems documentation.

Familiarity of TCP/IP/SNMP Network topologies, VLANS and Cisco switches and other IT infrastructure preferred.

General understanding of Microsoft SQL database systems preferred.

Must have (or able to obtain) a New York drivers license and a clean driving record.

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Production and/or live production experience preferred.

JOB CODE : TWCNEN100 Engineer 1, Broadcast Nonexempt


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