Broadcast Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts

Sets up, operates, and maintains the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Controls audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operates radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Monitors strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjusts equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Observes monitors and converses with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Monitors and logs transmitter readings.
  • Reports equipment problems, ensures that repairs are made, and makes emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Plays and records broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Controls audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Aligns antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
  • Maintains programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Regulates the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
  • Selects sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • News Gathering Technician -- Records news events onto videotape during transmission of events to studio, or receives videotape from Camera Operator and records location and event.
  • Production Assistant -- Responsible for the administration, organization and secretarial work involved in producing a programme.
  • Sound Effects Technician -- Produces artificial sounds that are transmitted and synchronized with production being presented to simulate aural impression of action being broadcasted to listener or viewer.
  • Sound Technician -- Sets up equipment used to produce music, voices and sound effects.
  • Special Effects Technician -- Creates various types of illusions for television commercials and shows, movies, theater productions and other special projects.
  • Studio Technician -- Operates machines and equipment to record, mix, and reproduce music, voices, and sound effects.
  • Telecasting Technician --