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Assistant Broadcast Engineer


San Antonio, TX 78205
United States

Industry
Charitable / Not for Profit
Manages Others
No
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
No
Security Clearance Required
No
Pay
From $50,000 To $65,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
Some Travel

Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Assistant Broadcast Engineer – FM Facility

DEPARTMENT: Technology & Operations

REPORTS TO: VP of Engineering
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt

SUMMARY:

Texas Public Radio (TPR) is a mission-driven, award-winning multimedia organization serving hundreds of thousands of listeners through seven radio stations across Texas. TPR delivers top-quality content via radio broadcast, video and audio streaming, digital networks, and live events, collaborating with other media organizations to produce rich content and programming.

We are seeking a skilled and motivated individual to join our FM broadcasting facility as an Assistant Broadcast Engineer. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with a diverse range of broadcasting equipment and systems, including seven transmitters throughout Central and South Texas. This position will also provide technical support to studios, offer IT support, and assist in facility maintenance. The ideal candidate will possess strong technical skills, a passion for broadcasting technology, and a commitment to ensuring the smooth operation of our FM broadcast operations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Transmitter Maintenance: Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of seven FM transmitters across Central and South Texas, ensuring optimal performance and compliance with regulatory standards.

· System Monitoring: Monitor the performance of broadcasting systems, including transmitters, antennas, transmission lines, and audio processing equipment, to identify and address any issues promptly.

· Troubleshooting: Diagnose and resolve technical problems related to broadcasting equipment and systems, utilizing diagnostic tools and troubleshooting techniques to minimize downtime.

· Emergency Response: Respond to equipment failures and technical emergencies promptly, implementing contingency plans to maintain uninterrupted broadcasting operations.

· Equipment Installation: Assist in the installation, configuration, and testing of new broadcasting equipment, including transmitters, antennas, and related infrastructure.

· Documentation: Maintain accurate records of equipment maintenance, repairs, and system configurations, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and best practices.

· RF Compliance: Ensure compliance with FCC regulations and industry standards for RF emissions, transmitter power output, and antenna height to minimize interference and ensure the integrity of our broadcast signals.

· Collaboration: Work closely with broadcast engineers, technicians, and other staff members to support live broadcasts, special events, and programming initiatives.

· Training and Support: Provide technical support and training to broadcasting staff on equipment operation, maintenance procedures, and safety protocols.

· Quality Assurance: Conduct regular checks and tests to verify the quality and reliability of broadcast signals, audio processing, and transmission systems.

· Tech Support: Offer comprehensive IT support to staff, addressing hardware and software issues promptly.

· Stay updated on technological advancements and recommend upgrades for efficiency.

· Support facility maintenance, including HVAC and electrical systems.

· Coordinate with external contractors for specialized maintenance tasks.

· Ensure compliance with safety regulations to maintain a secure working environment.

· Participate in on-call rotation for 24/7 emergency support.

· Update wiring, labeling, and documentation to current standards.

· Ensure compliance with FCC Rules and Regulations to protect broadcasting licenses.

· Participate in station fundraising, sponsorship activities, and live events.

· Fulfill administrative obligations related to documentation and expense reports.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Broadcasting Technology, or a related field (or equivalent experience). SBE Certification preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of three years technical experience in broadcast station operations preferred.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

· Strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to diagnose and resolve technical problems efficiently.

· Self-motivated, with the ability to work efficiently with limited supervision.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

· Exceptional organizational and time management skills.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills.

· Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as needed for maintenance and special events.

· Valid Class C driver's license and ability to travel on short notice. Must have a reliable personal vehicle for local trips.

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:

Experience working with FM broadcasting equipment, including transmitters, antennas, and audio processing systems.

Familiarity with digital audio storage, radio broadcast automation, and traffic systems.

Knowledge of FCC regulations and industry standards for FM broadcasting.

IT skills including troubleshooting, networking, and desktop support.

We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds, with different skills, experiences, and passions. If you don't meet every job qualification but have some of these skills and think you're the right person for the job, we'd like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us more about yourself.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Using fingers to make small movements such as typing or handling tools.
  • Frequently conveying detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, clearly, and quickly.
  • Able to hear average or normal conversations in person or by phone.
  • Frequently and regularly using the wrists, hands, and fingers.
  • Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or other materials.
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs., climb ladders, and use power tools.


NOTE: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and Texas Public Radio continues to maintain its status as an at-will employer.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr@tpr.org. No calls, please. Please indicate where you saw the ad when applying.

BENEFITS:

  • Generous vacation, sick, personal time, and holidays
  • Employer paid Medical and Dental insurance
  • LTD, Life and AD&D insurance
  • 2% Simple IRA contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program

Texas Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Requirements
EDUCATION:
Associate degree in electronics technology or related field, or equivalent experience in operations or maintenance at a broadcast station. SBE Certification preferred.
EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of three years technical experience in broadcast station operations preferred.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
• Self-motivated, with the ability to work efficiently with limited supervision.
• Professionalism and strong interpersonal skills.
• Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Flexibility to work after hours and participate in on-call rotation.
• Valid Class C driver's license and ability to travel on short notice.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:
Familiarity with digital audio storage, automation, and traffic systems.
Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations and telecommunications laws.
IT skills including troubleshooting, networking, and desktop support.

We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds, with different skills, experiences, and passions. If you don't meet every job qualification but have some of these skills and think you're the right person for the job, we'd like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us more about yourself.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Using fingers to make small movements such as typing or handling tools.
• Frequently conveying detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, clearly, and quickly.
• Able to hear average or normal conversations in person or by phone.
• Frequently and regularly using the wrists, hands, and fingers.
• Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or other materials.
• Ability to lift 75 lbs., climb ladders, and use power tools.
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