Broadcast Engineer


Fri, Jun 4, 2021


Tue, Jun 29, 2021

The Broadcast Engineer supports the technical needs of producers, media creation staff, and event coordinators in the creation and presentation of content for statewide audiences. Responsible for installation, operation and maintenance of broadcast and media production hardware and software. Performs technical quality control evaluations to assure compliance with FCC, PBS, and PBS Wisconsin technical standards. The Engineer assists with the design and planning for studio and remote productions; provides hands-on operation of broadcast and production equipment; maintains, designs and documents technical systems; and supports the post-production process using video and audio software and hardware. This position is part of an Engineering team that is cross-trained and also leverages specialized skill sets depending on the individual as well as the specific needs of the station. Reports to the Engineering Supervisor.


  1. Install, maintain and operate broadcast cameras, video production switchers, digital video recorders, video servers, transcoders, audio equipment, and other specialized technical equipment for productions.
  2. Prepare studio and remote production equipment for recordings and live
  3. Perform corrective and preventive maintenance on various electronic systems and devices.
  4. Lead projects including, but not limited to, installation, set-ups, documentation, training and education on new equipment. Provide A/V support for internal meetings and external events.
  5. Install, maintain and operate audio and video editing hardware and software running on PC and Macintosh platforms.
  6. Operate and manage live streaming hardware and software for delivery of content to internet platforms.
  7. Perform quality assurance and assessment of completed programs to check video and audio levels, closed captioning and other measurable elements of station content.
  8. Test, maintain, and provide recommendations for alternative hardware and software to improve performance
  9. May serve as engineering team lead during on or off-site productions
  10. Work collaboratively by creating and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Bachelor’s degree or technical certification in Broadcast Engineering, Electronic Technology or related field preferred.


  1. Hands-on technical experience with professional video and/or audio production.
  2. Experience working with audio and/or video delivery for professional broadcast, live-streaming or similar distribution systems.
  3. Ability to diagnose technical problems and trace signal paths related to audio, video or data.
  4. Ability to work with electronic equipment for extended periods of time.
  5. Experience in professional live production environments that depend on tight deadlines and content delivery to audiences or stakeholders.
  6. Experience in design, installation and/or maintenance in server racks; wiring and terminations; setup and calibration of audio/video equipment; and operation of critical monitoring equipment.
  7. Proficiency with basic IT concepts and hardware and software tools such as computer systems design, common operating systems and dependent utilities.
  8. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to non-technical staff.


  1. Full color vision acuity and experience with camera color balancing, white and black balance, charting and shading for multi-camera productions. Color correcting video in post-production environments.
  2. Experience using audio consoles and intercom systems in a live production control room environment.
  3. Proficiency with post-production media software such as Adobe Suite, AVID Media Composer, or Pro Tools.
  4. Understand basic IP networking.
  5. Ability to lift 30 pounds, climb ladders and work safely on elevated surfaces; pull and install wiring. Visual acuity and dexterity to work on small electronic components.
  6. Ability to possess and maintain an unrestricted Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
  7. Knowledge of, or experience with, studio and remote production lighting.
  8. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and change focus quickly while maintaining accuracy, efficiency and attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and work in teams.
  9. Knowledge of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) broadcast production standards.

Expected salary range for this position will be $21 – $27/hour depending on experience and qualifications.

The occupant of this position is expected to comply with the Ethics for PBS Wisconsin Staff found at as well as the UW Madison Code of Ethics.

This position also requires the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time, and the ability to work some evenings, weekends and occasional overnight travel as productions warrant.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship on or before the effective date of appointment.

Please submit a cover letter detailing how your experience and skills relate to the Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience Required, and the Not Required but Desirable Qualifications listed for this specific position, resume and list of 3-4 references, with 1 being a current or past supervisor.  Please note that we will not be contacting references without notifying you beforehand.

Apply online at by 6/29/21. The job number is 235932.

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-263-0477.