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What do Broadcast Technicians do?

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 transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

What are the Main Tasks of Broadcast Technicians?

  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
  • Maintain programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
  • Select sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.
  • Set-up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
  • Schedule programming, or read television programming logs to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.
  • Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems and perform maintenance or minor repairs using hand tools.
  • Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
  • Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.
  • Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.
  • Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.
  • Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy and edit graphics or sound onto videotape.
  • Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.
  • Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.
  • Make commercial dubs.
  • Develop employee work schedules.
  • Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.
  • Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality, and position them appropriately.
  • Produce graphics for broadcasts.
  • Organize recording sessions, and prepare areas such as radio booths and television stations for recording.
  • Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.
  • Discuss production requirements with clients.
  • Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.
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