Broadcast Sound Engineer


Thu, Oct 28, 2021


Mon, Nov 29, 2021


The Broadcast Sound Engineer is responsible for designing and supporting the audio needs of PBS Wisconsin programs and content for statewide audiences. In addition to sound design and mixing, this position supports the installation, operation and maintenance of broadcast and audio production hardware and software. This person also assists with technical design and planning for studio and remote productions; provides hands-on operation of broadcast audio and production equipment; maintains, designs and documents technical systems; and supports the post-production process using video and audio software and hardware. All PBS Wisconsin Engineers perform routine technical quality control evaluations to assure compliance with FCC, PBS, and PBS Wisconsin technical standards. 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.


Bachelor’s degree or technical certification in Broadcast Engineering, Audio/Sound Engineering or related field preferred.


  1. At least 3 years of relevant experience with audio production and sound mixing in broadcast, live sound reinforcement, music recording, or post-production environments
  2. Professional experience operating and programming digital audio consoles and working with IP based audio systems
  3. Professional experience using analog audio mixers, patchbays and transport systems
  4. Professional experience working with digital audio workstation software and hardware, including critical audio measurement tools
  5. Experience soldering and terminating audio connectors
  6. Experience diagnosing technical problems and tracing audio, video or data signal paths.
  7. Experience in design, installation and maintenance in server racks; wiring and terminations; setup and calibration of audio/video equipment; and operation of critical monitoring equipment.
  8. Professional experience referencing and creating documentation or instructional materials related to technical systems
  9. Proficiency with basic IT concepts and hardware and software tools such as computer systems design, common operating systems and dependent utilities
  10. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to non-technical staff
  11. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and work in teams


  1. Experience working with and coordinating wireless RF frequencies
  2. Experience with rigging and staging event PA systems
  3. Experience with basic IP networking
  4. Experience working with audio and/or video delivery for professional broadcast, live-streaming or similar distribution systems
  5. Experience with lighting, cameras and basic video systems
  6. Ability to possess and maintain an unrestricted Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  7. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and change focus quickly while maintaining accuracy, efficiency and attention to detail
  8. Knowledge of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) broadcast production standards


  1. Sets up, adjusts, connects, operates and troubleshoots complex audio and/or video equipment and related peripherals in various environments (25%)
  2. Digitally records, edits and finalizes media in a variety of formats according to station standards and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations (20%)
  3. Schedules logistics and acts as station representative for remote production venues, and ensures required technical specifications will be met during on or off-site productions (10%)
  4. Tests and maintains equipment, and provides recommendations for alternative hardware and software to improve performance (15%)
  5. May serve as engineering team lead for on or off-site productions (10%)
  6. Trains staff on equipment, procedures, and standards (10%)
  7. Leads system design and installation of broadcast, streaming, and post-production related technology (10%)


Expected annual salary range for this position will be in the high $40’s to mid $50’s. Actual pay will depend 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 with electronic equipment and at a computer for extended periods of time; the 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; 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 Desirable Qualifications listed for this specific position; a resume; and a list of 3-4 references with 1 being a current or past supervisor. Please note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Apply online at by November 22, 2021. The job number is 243225.

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