Sound Engineer


Fri, Nov 4, 2022


Fri, Nov 25, 2022

The Sound Engineer is responsible for supporting live production, field recording and audio-post mixing needs of PBS Wisconsin programs and content for statewide audiences. In addition to sound design and mixing, this position supports installation, operation and maintenance of broadcast production hardware and software. A successful candidate is comfortable assisting technical design and planning for studio and remote productions; provides hands-on operation of broadcast audio and production equipment; maintains 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. In addition to applying specialized skills to their work, Engineers are cross-trained to provide broad operational support. Preferred candidates will have the ability to possess and maintain an unrestricted Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Reports to the Engineering Supervisor.

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


  • Professional experience with audio production and sound mixing in broadcast, live sound reinforcement, or in a recording environment
  • Professional experience operating digital and analog audio consoles
  • Professional experience with audio post-production for video using digital audio workstation software and hardware
  • Experience diagnosing, troubleshooting and tracing audio, video or data signal paths


  • Experience with field audio recording for video
  • Experience with video production tools including digital cameras and non-linear video editing software
  • Experience delivering audio or video to audiences in broadcast, live-streaming or other linear distribution environments
  • Experience in design, installation and maintenance of technical systems; including setup and calibration of audio/video equipment
  • Experience with wiring, soldering and terminating connections for audio, video or data hardware
  • Experience configuring and using basic IT hardware, software and related utilities
  • Experience creating documentation related to technical systems and communicating technical information to non-technical audiences


  • Sets up, adjusts, connects, operates and troubleshoots complex audio and/or video equipment and related peripherals in various environments (25%)
  • Digitally records, edits and finalizes media in a variety of formats according to station standards and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations (20%).
  • 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%)
  • Tests and maintains equipment, and provides recommendations for alternative hardware and software to improve performance (15%)
  • May serve as engineering team lead for on or off-site productions (10%)
  • Trains staff on equipment, procedures, and standards (10%)
  • Leads system design and installation of broadcast, streaming, and post-production related technology (10%)

Expected annual salary for this position will be a minimum of $50,000. 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 resume and cover letter detailing how your experience and skills relate to the Minimum and Desirable position requirements listed for this specific position. Note that finalists will be required to submit a list of 3-4 references with 1 being a current or past supervisor. References will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Apply online at by November 25, 2022. The job number is 269678.