Broadcast technicians install, set up, test, operate and repair electronic equipment used to record and transmit live and taped radio and television programs and to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet. They are employed by radio and television broadcasting networks and stations, by broadcast equipment companies and by Internet-based communication providers.
- Monitor broadcast quality of live and taped radio and television programs
- Operate and monitor radio and television broadcasting systems to broadcast, receive signals and to regulate clarity and range of sounds and colours of recordings or broadcasts
- Operate broadcast equipment to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet
- Make emergency repairs to equipment and substitute programs in case of signal failure
- Maintain, install and troubleshoot a wide variety of broadcast hardware and software
- Set up and operate consoles to pick up and select feed sources from different locations and to air radio or television programs and commercials
- May supervise other broadcast technicians.
Educational requirements: Post-secondary degree such as Bachelor’s or Associates degree in broadcasting or a similar technical field.
Experience: Minimum of three years’ experience in television broadcast or television production.
Job requirements: Knowledge of broadcast, video productions and technical television operations production, including but not limited to producing, directing, shooting and directing various programming. Knowledge of basic computer operations related to live TV directing, call and switch live multiple camera programming, scheduling and traffic. Knowledge of critical audio, on-air systems, automation software and network configuration. Knowledge of both Windows and Macintosh platforms and a working proficiency in various graphic editor programs. Ability to understand and implement new technologies and strategies strongly preferred.
National average salary in this occupation is currently $61,000
Demand-supply imbalances of talent and skills are not expected to affect Broadcast technicians/engineers / production switchers, with decreasing demand for talent in the next 5 years.