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Broadcast engineers are responsible for maintaining the systems which deliver content over television, radio and new media. They work behind the scenes to ensure programmes are of the highest quality and are also required to operate the broadcast systems and keep them in top condition through repairs and updates.

What does a Broadcast engineer do?
The required work of a broadcast engineer depends on location and industry. However, general tasks may include:

  • Designing and installing custom audio-visual circuits

  • Quickly identifying equipment faults to minimise loss of service

  • Setting up and operating editing facilities in post-production suites

  • Effectively communicating with a team

  • Designing and manufacturing hardware and systems

  • Assembling and monitoring audio-visual links between units in different locations

  • Installing new equipment

  • Analysing and repairing technical faults on equipment and systems

  • Maintaining health and safety standards

  • Assisting other colleagues with operating the technical equipment

  • Maintaining specialist equipment for video production, broadcast and satellite transmission and interactive media

  • Assembling and operating equipment and transmission links during outside broadcasts

Skills & interests required for a Broadcast engineer
Broadcast engineers are expected to have a logical approach to fault-finding with their equipment, as well as being able to keep calm in busy and potentially stressful environments.

It will be helpful for a broadcast engineer to be passionate about digital technologies and the broadcast industry in general - keeping up-to-date about technical developments will stand you in good stead.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Attention to detail
- Problem Solving
- Technical skills
- Time Management
- Verbal Communication
What hours does a Broadcast engineer typically do?
Broadcast engineers are expected to work long hours, which can regularly include unsocial hours, weekends, evenings and night work. Working at short notice may also be required, particularly for rolling news channels and other live programming.
What environment is a Broadcast engineer based in?
Broadcast engineers work in an assortment of locations and circumstances. This regularly includes carrying out studio work, post-production operations, set work or being involved in broadcasts taking place in outside locations, where sound and images are relayed live back to a studio or straight to the network.
How much does a Broadcast engineer travel?
Broadcast engineers are expected to travel for location work and outside broadcasts (OBs), which may involve working away from home on a regular basis or for fairly long periods. It could potentially include working abroad.
How much does a Broadcast engineer get paid?
A broadcast engineer in an entry-level position can expect to receive between £18,000 to £20,000 per annum. Those on initial training schemes may earn less, but this is dependent on the employer.

An experienced broadcast engineer can earn anything between £30,000 and £60,000. Higher salaries are usually reserved for those broadcast engineers working within large broadcasting companies in senior roles.
Perks & benefits
Some broadcast engineering schemes offer trainees the opportunity to obtain a degree while training via an apprenticeship.
What qualifications does a Broadcast engineer need?
Generally, broadcast engineers have a degree and enter the industry as a trainee on a new entrant scheme.

However, entry into the profession is possible for graduates with a degree from another discipline, a HND or foundation degree or strong numeracy skills as shown by good A-levels (or equivalent) in maths and/or physics.

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