The Broadcast Technician works primarily in Armed Forces Network (AFN) television and radio broadcast environment, provides technical support to broadcast engineer and end user customers with repair, maintenance, installation and modification of all broadcast-related equipment.
(Typical duties include the following, although specific duties vary by assignment or contract.)
Operates, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs complex electronic, computer based, optical and mechanical broadcasting systems. Repairs and maintains equipment in emergency and preventative situations.
Sets up and operates various broadcasting equipment such as recording, video and editing equipment; checks equipment for operational readiness; provides operational assistance/instruction to others as needed.
Prepares and maintains various technical records and engineering logs pertaining to broadcast equipment performance and discrepancies according to regulations.
Sets up, maintains and operates remote production facilities, to include all engineering activities associated with remote television productions.
Tests and aligns new equipment prior to installation in broadcast facility.
Sets up and maintains transmission equipment for broadcast and point-to-point microwave links.
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of broadcast rules and regulations.
Knowledge in maintenance, usage, and design of technical broadcast equipment.
Demonstrated ability to handle and respond to operational/technical equipment problems.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Strong troubleshooting and repair of analog and digital components, power supplies, audio (AF) and radio (RF).
Additional knowledge/skills may be required by contract or assignment.
Experience & Education
Associate’s degree in Electronics, Broadcasting or related field and two years experience in broadcast engineering inclusive of equipment, repair and installation; OR
Four years experience in broadcast engineering inclusive of equipment, repair and installation; OR
Equivalent military training in technology.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Must be able to work extended hours, often with short notice. Extended hours may include late nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays.
Duties may involve working both indoors and outdoors.
Must be in good physical health and able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs., walk, bend, stoop, and stand on a routine basis.
Position will be assigned to overseas locations where living and working conditions at assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable, with long hours, exposure to weather, dust, and hazardous/harsh conditions.