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What does a Broadcast engineer do?

Broadcast engineers work on a wide range of equipment and systems to ensure that programmes are transmitted across television and radio networks at the correct times and to the highest technical quality. They can work in a variety of settings, from studios, outside broadacsts (OBs) and post-production operations to interactive TV and webcasts.

The work of broadcast engineers is split into two main areas:

Manufacture and repair: which involves designing and setting up audio and video circuits, multimedia hardware and software, and broadcast technology systems. Engineers working in this field need an understanding of analogue and digital systems as broadcasting moves towards the digital era.

Broadcasting: covers the installation, operation and maintenance of technical facilities including transmission, editing and studios. They also set up and maintain audio and visual links with different units, including OB units, and ensure links are working correctly.

What's the working environment like working as a Broadcast engineer?

Shift work is common and usually includes weekends, evenings or nights. There may also be the need to work long hours at short notice, particularly for news programmes.

The environment could vary from warm, enclosed studios to extreme conditions on location. Location work can include working abroad and occasionally involve dangerous assignments, eg war zones.

What does it take to become a Broadcast engineer?

As a broadcast engineer, you should:

  • have good technical and operational knowledge of systems and equipment
  • have a good awareness of health and safety in the workplace
  • have problem solving skills and be able to think creatively
  • feel confident to communicate ideas to others and work as part of team
  • be flexible to work long or unsocial hours
  • be in good physical health.

Broadcast engineer Career Opportunities

This is a competitive field with many broadcast companies based in London or the south of England. However, there are also opportunities with regional TV and radio stations. Within some companies it may also be possible to progress towards other roles, eg management.

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Skillset Careers
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Tel: 0808 100 8094 for Scotland

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SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
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Tel: 0808 100 3682

BKSTS (The British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society)
The Moving Image Society
Pinewood Studios
Iver Heath

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