1455713184© Leeroy

Broadcast Engineer

Industries:
TV
Personality type:
Technologist
Departments:
Studio and Broadcast Technology

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The Lowdown        

  • Setting up the broadcast systems and making sure they are transmitting correctly via the web, satellite or other link-up
  • Operating and maintaining the outside broadcast truck when on location
  • Operating, maintaining and managing studio equipment when in the studio
  • Operating camera, sound and lighting equipment where necessary

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • Understand radio and satellite transmission systems, how they operate and how to troubleshoot them in the field
  • Be comfortable in monitoring both sound and vision, ensuring that everything recorded is perfect for transmission
  • Have a location awareness that allows you to adapt your plans and practices when in new locations, sometimes around the world
  • Have great communication skills
  • Carry yourself in a professional manner
  • Be able to prepare yourself for any possible problem
  • Have excellent timekeeping, especially for news and sports broadcasts

What does a Broadcast Engineer do?

A Broadcast Engineer works to provide picture and sound coverage of an event, either on location or in a studio. Typically this work can include sports, music or news programs. A Broadcast Engineer will be responsible for setting up the equipment needed for transmission, as well as monitoring during production. In some circumstances, Broadcast Engineers will also be required to edit the footage on the fly, switching between cameras and adding on-screen graphics.

If on location, they would work from within an outside broadcast truck, giving them the same equipment they’d find in a television studio.

Will I need a qualification?

Due to the specialised nature of Broadcast Engineering, a degree or qualification in the field will show you have the technical mind and knowledge of equipment to excel. Science and engineering qualifications are also looked upon favourably, as are Broadcast Engineering apprenticeships.

Film production courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What’s the best route in?

Like most roles in the TV or Film industry, starting as a runner is a great way to get into Broadcast Engineering. Showing an aptitude for the technological side of broadcast and a talent in the field will improve your chances.

Interested? Find out more…

For more information on job roles in the creative industries, take a look at Hiive's job roles.  

Websites

  • The Guild of Television Cameramen holds useful forums and publishes Zerb, a hands-on practical guide to camera work at all levels
  • The Guild of British Camera Technicians aims to further the professional interests of technicians working with motion picture cameras 
  • BKSTS (the moving image society) organises events, courses, and demonstrations of new equipment, and publishes Image Technology
  • BECTU is the UK's media and entertainment trade union, covering broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media

Publications

  • Definition is an industry magazine which offers comprehensive information on all aspects of using the latest digital HD camera equipment.
  • American Cinematographer has regular features on film design and digital production techniques

Books

  • The Five Cs of Cinematography - Joseph V. Mascelli ASC ISBN-13: 9781879505414
  • In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing - Walter Murch ISBN-13: 9781879505629

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