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Broadcasting Engineer

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Education
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€30k > 55 
Broadcasting Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 55 
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Develop, maintain, and supports the equipment used to make television, radio and web broadcasts.


The Work header image

Broadcasting engineers who work in television are responsible for the audio and video equipment used for studio recordings, and for network and outside broadcasts. In a large television company, studio engineers are likely to provide support to different departments, including news, broadcast and production.

Some broadcasting engineers are responsible for the quality of signals fed to and received from a number of networks. Some broadcasting engineers work on location with outside broadcasts, or at transmitting stations, which can be in remote areas. The broadcast engineer installs, tests and maintains technical facilities in studios for transmission and editing.  
 
Engineers also support new technologies, for example, digital text services that are replacing traditional text based information services.  
 
There are broadcasting engineers involved in research and development, helping to create and develop new ideas. For example, they have developed digital terrestrial television and online Internet services.  
 
Engineers in radio broadcasting are responsible for the maintenance, testing and alignment of advanced control and switching systems. They use both analogue and digital coding equipment.  
 
Broadcasting engineers sometimes work in cramped or overcrowded conditions. In outside broadcasts, they may work in bad weather or isolated locations. Location work and outside broadcasts may mean staying away from home regularly. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.

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Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.

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Monitor and log transmitter readings.

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Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.

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Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.

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Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.

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Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.

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Maintain programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.

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Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.

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Select sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a broadcasting engineer, you must be interested in working on a wide range of advanced technological equipment. A genuine interest in this work is essential because competition for jobs is fierce and successful applicants tend to have relevant work experience. You need to have good communication skills. Broadcast Engineers should also have an interest in the content of the programme they are transmitting.  
 
You must be able to work to very tight deadlines; you need to be able to think quickly and use your initiative and improvise if things go wrong. You must also have strong team skills to work well with others; small teams often work on programmes so team spirit is very important. You should also be able to work neatly and have a high level of safety awareness. You need to be flexible and work unsocial hours.  
 
It is essential that broadcasting engineers keep up to date with advances in technology in this fast changing area.


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