Posted: January 26, 2024

Broadcast Engineer

Website WQED Multimedia WQED Multimedia

WQED Multimedia

Title: Broadcast Engineer
ID: 1004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Salary Range: $37.82 per hour

Broadcast Engineer

WQED Multimedia champions communities by telling stories and creating experiences that educate, entertain and inspire our neighbors and friends in Pittsburgh and across southwestern Pennsylvania. Seventy years ago, we launched the country’s first community-supported television station—a forerunner to PBS. Fifty years ago, our classical radio station went on the air. Looking forward, we aim to become known as more than a broadcaster as we enrich communities through education and storytelling.

The hourly rate for this full-time position is $37.82, pursuant to WQED’s collective bargaining agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 820. Benefits are also defined by that union contract.

WQED is seeking a Broadcast Engineer to maintain, repair, adjust, and install a wide range of electronic equipment, including TV cameras, video and audio servers, and more. This role will also assist in the maintenance and operation of VHF television transmitters; FM radio transmitters, and satellite receive systems. The position is represented by IATSE Local 820 and operates under the guidelines of a collaborative bargaining agreement. Membership in the union is a mandatory requirement for this role.

RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)

  • Maintain digital transmitters, satellite antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems, processing systems, monitoring devices, and automation systems.
  • Maintain support equipment including master and sub switchers, monitors, videotape machines, XDCAM decks, computer systems, microphones, and intercoms.
  • Conduct troubleshooting, installation, research, documentation, and cabling tasks.
  • Resolve complex problems not covered by existing procedures or practices independently, often under pressure.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of improvements to WQED’s operation.
  • Update technical plan documentation when installations are completed.
  • Document and maintain records of equipment repairs.
  • Provide, enhance, and utilize proactive monitoring system to anticipate technical issues and take remedial actions when monitoring indicates a need.
  • Help maintain logs and reports as per FCC Rules and Regulations.
  • Remain current on the developments and applications of state-of-the-art broadcast engineering technology.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS (including but not limited to)

  • Associate’s degree in electronics and/or completion of a certificate program in electronics from an accredited technical institute preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience working as a maintenance technician at a broadcast television/radio station with extensive experience in maintaining and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast equipment.
  • Strong knowledge of IT, data networking and network attached storage as it relates to broadcast systems.
  • Knowledge of FCC standards and regulations for television broadcast, distribution and closed captioning.
  • Ability to operate electronic test equipment used for troubleshooting circuits down to the component level.
  • Must be able to work outside of normal business hours, including mornings, nights and weekends.
  • Excellent communication skills are necessary.

This position requires physical activities that could involve standing, walking, lifting, and other movements. Candidates should be aware that the nature of the job may require physical fitness and the ability to perform tasks that involve moderate to strenuous physical exertion.

By applying for this position, candidates acknowledge that they are capable of meeting the physical demands of the job and understand that reasonable accommodations will be considered for individuals with disabilities.

WQED Multimedia is committed to providing a safe working environment, and all employees are expected to adhere to safety guidelines and protocols. Candidates with concerns about specific physical requirements are encouraged to discuss them during the interview process.

WQED Multimedia is a fair and equal employer, providing access and opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, self expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law and as directed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. WQED Multimedia provides equitable consideration for employment for qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements. Qualified applicants with a disability or disabled veterans who are unable or limited in their ability to apply (as a result of their disability) have the right to request reasonable accommodation by emailing

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