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"Broadcast Technician"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Broadcast Technician"

1) Maintain programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.

2) Control audio equipment in order to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.


3) Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.

4) Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.

5) Observe monitors and converse with station personnel in order to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.


6) Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.

7) Select sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.

8) Report equipment problems, and ensure that repairs are made; make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.

9) Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.

10) Align antennae with receiving dishes in order to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.

11) Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.

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12) Organize recording sessions, and prepare areas such as radio booths and television stations for recording.

13) Perform preventive and minor equipment maintenance, using hand tools.

14) Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy/edit graphics or sound onto videotape.


15) Schedule programming, and/or read television programming logs in order to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.

16) Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.

17) Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.

18) Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.

19) Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality, and position them appropriately.

20) Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.

21) Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.

22) Discuss production requirements with clients.

23) Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.

Job Description for "Broadcast Technician" continued here...

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Duties / Tasks
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Part 4
Part 5

"Broadcast Technician"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  R-A-I        SOC:  27-4012.00


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