Broadcasting technicians install, start up, maintain and repair equipment used for the transmission and reception of television and radio broadcast signals. This includes transmitters, microphones, mixing desks, tape recorders, CD players, computers, television cameras and telecine equipment. They may also work on microwave and satellite equipment used for the transmission and reception of voice, data and images.
Duties & Tasks
Broadcasting technicians may perform the following tasks:check equipment to ensure it is operating properly (antennas, remote controls and auxiliary power units, for example)
study reports and talk to equipment operators to get details of problems
replace faulty wiring and terminals, and re-solder connections
find and replace faulty assemblies and parts (such as capacitors, transistors, integrated circuits, printed circuit boards and transformers) using electronic test equipment
check output power, frequency and modulation using test equipment
assist with building, installing and adjusting new equipment.
They work mainly indoors in TV, radio or recording studios and emergency services communication centres, but also work outdoors on location. There may be some heavy lifting when moving equipment to a workshop, and they may be required to work at heights. Shiftwork is common.
normal eyesight and colour vision
good with hands
aptitude for mathematics and science
adaptable and willing to learn about emerging technologies
a fast and methodical approach to work.