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Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

    Work Activities
    • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
    • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
    • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
    • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
    • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
    • Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
    • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
    • Set up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
    • Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.
    • Schedule programming or read television programming logs to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.
    • Select sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
    • Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems, and perform maintenance or minor repairs, using hand tools.
    • Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.
    • Develop employee work schedules.
    • Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.
    • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
    • Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.
    • Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy and edit graphics or sound onto videotape.
    • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
    • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
    • Make commercial dubs.
    • Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality and position them appropriately.
    • Organize recording sessions and prepare areas, such as radio booths and television stations, for recording.
    • Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.
    • Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.
    • Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.
    • Produce graphics for broadcasts.
    • Discuss production requirements with clients.
    • Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities, such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $29,670/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.27/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 920
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Video editors
    • Satellite receivers
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Media control systems
    • Audio mixing consoles
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.