Profession broadcast technician

Broadcast technicians install, start up, maintain, monitor and repair equipment used for the transmission and reception of television and radio broadcast signals. They ensure that all materials are available in a suitabe format of transmittable quality according to the transmission deadline. Broadcast technicians also maintain and repair this equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Audiovisual products

    The different types of audiovisual products and their requirements, such as documentaries, low budget movies, television series, records, CDs, and others.

  • Broadcast equipment

    The use and operation of broadcast equipment such as broadcast consoles, routers, microphones, dual compressors, and other machinery.

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

  • Media formats

    The various formats in which media can be made available to the audience, such as paper books, e-books, tapes, and analogue signal.

  • Electronics principles

    The study of electric energy, more specifically electron, control and its prominent principles regarding integrated circuits and electrical systems.

Skills

  • Monitor quality of broadcasts

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

  • Manage sound quality

    Perform sound checks. Set up audio equipment for optimal sound output before as well as during performance. Regulate the volume during broadcasts by controlling the audio equipment 

  • Set up broadcast equipment

    Set up and calibrate broadcast equipment to produce, switch, receive, record, edit, and reproduce television and radio signals.

  • Coordinate activities in audio recording studio

    Monitor the daily operations in a audio recording studio. Make sure that persons involved in recording studio activities can produce the desired quality of sound according to customer specifications. Ensure the material is maintained and available.

  • Select recording source

    Select the source from which programs will be recorded such as satellite or studio.

  • Maintain electronic equipment

    Check and repair electronic equipment. Detect malfunction, locate faults and take measures to prevent damage.

  • Calibrate electronic instruments

    Correct and adjust the reliability of an electronic instrument by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results. This is done in regular intervals which are set by the manufacturer and using calibration devices.

  • Use audio reproduction software

    Operate software and equipment that transform and reproduce digital, analogue sounds and sound waves into the desired perceivable audio to be streamed.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Install low voltage wiring

    Plan, deploy, troubleshoot and test low voltage wiring.

  • Operate electronic measuring instruments

    Tend a wide variety of devices for measuring electronic characteristics of system components, such as optical power meter, fibre power meter, digital power meter and multimeter.

  • Maintain electrical equipment

    Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.

  • Operate audio equipment

    Apply technologies for re-creation or recording of sounds, such as speaking, sound of instruments in electrical or mechanical form.

  • Maintain audiovisual equipment

    Perform routine maintenance tasks on audiovisual equipment as well as minor repairs, such as replacing parts and calibrating the instruments, on equipment used in processing sound and images.

Optional knowledge and skills

assemble video tape footage edit recorded sound execute integration testing administer ict system set up audiovisual peripheral equipment broadcast using internet protocol audio technology adjust video transmissions signal cues to announcers ict communications protocols operate remote broadcast equipment develop programming schedule record multi-track sound maintain internet protocol configuration audiovisual equipment maintain broadcast equipment set up portable field transmission equipment operate audio-signal processors provide multimedia content set up sound equipment align antennae with receiving dishes

Common job titles

  • Media services technician, level i
  • Production technician
  • Pc technician
  • Audio visual systems technician - ts/sci required
  • Studio technician / floor director
  • Field technician i
  • Audio visual technician
  • Camera prep technician
  • Freelance studio technician
  • Audio visual technician