Job Opening: DTV Transmitter Site Engineer

by May 6, 2022CMMA Blog, Uncategorized0 comments

Job Category: 
Television Engineering/Technical Manager

Locations:  Tustin, CA. 92780, Mt. Wilson, CA. 91023

Contact: Please send resume to resume@digitalglue.com to apply

Job Summary

The Transmitter Site Engineer will oversee the maintenance and operations of the DTV transmitter equipment at the station and transmitter remote sites. The position requires not only experience in engineering and television station operations, but also proven experience in the ability to communicate complex information to broadcast staff.  The Site has solid-state transmitters, wireless internet STL, and the latest Burk remote control units for monitoring and control of sites.

Job Duties and

  • Manages all aspects of
    the satellite uplink and terrestrial DTV station television transmitter
  • Perform site
    inspections and maintenance and respond to off the air emergencies.
  • Provides timely/urgent
    response in resolving technical and operational problems including but not
    limited to on an off-air situations, equipment, and transmitter issues
  • Maintain,
    troubleshoot, install, and repair broadcast technical plant, equipment, and
    systems, including transmitters, related equipment, remote control, studio
    equipment, telephone, digital transmission of a multi-site facility as well as
    station equipment in station vehicles with little or no supervision.
  • Use Radio Frequency
    engineering knowledge to install, maintain, and repair all RF technical
    equipment in studio and transmitter facilities, including digital transmitting equipment,
    directional antenna system, Studio to Transmitter Links (STL), and satellite
    uplinks/downlinks, and microwave transmission systems.
  • Ensures station
    compliance with rules and regulations applicable to FCC, local, state, and
    federal, laws.
  • Implements recent
    technologies and technical infrastructure for the station.
  • Manages engineering
    and technology capital projects to the established budgets
  • Coordinates outside
    vendor services and maintains station equipment utilizing broadcast information
    technology systems.
  • Repairs and maintains
    station building infrastructures or collaborates with vendors and Facilities
    Department as needed.
  • Communicates with and
    coordinates equipment maintenance and training with vendors/contractors.
  • Have and utilize
    working knowledge of PC’s, networking, routers, switches, operating systems,
    network security and Microsoft applications software such as Word, Excel,
    Outlook, Access Database and PowerPoint.
  • Use comprehensive
    knowledge of basic electronic theory for troubleshooting to the system and
    boards to the component level where applicable.
  • Implement new
    engineering projects as needed.
  • Be a forward-thinking
    contributor to the station for the Engineering department. Anticipate and
    communicate future needs.
  • Responsible for the
    maintenance of all aspects of transmitter site, towers, and facility.
  • Document equipment and
    wiring systems, using software as well as manual drafting.
  • Maintain an accurate
    inventory of the equipment at the station, transmitter sites, and remote vehicles.
  • Attend Emergency Alert
    System committee meetings and follow local, state, and national discussions
    about public warnings
  • Perform other duties
    as assigned or needed.

Budgets and Capital

  • Develop, prepare, and
    implement operating and capital expense budgets and special projects.
  • Obtain and verify
    quotes for projects and/or recurring service by outside vendors and contractors
    as needed.
  • Recommend capital and
    expense purchases to Management.

Knowledge, Skills, and
Must have:

  • Knowledge of FCC rules
    and regulations.
  • PC skills including
    proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; IT & Network skills on
    broadcast related, IP based applications, networking, hardware maintenance, and
    some programming.
  • Ability to work on
    both IP based broadcast equipment and legacy broadcast equipment
  • Strong troubleshooting
  • Candidate must be motivated
    and enthusiastic about the Television Broadcast industry.
  • Ability to evaluate
    faulty electronic equipment and circuits to locate defects and apply knowledge
    of electronic systems to diagnose causes of malfunction and affect repairs
  • Ability to multitask
    and prioritize workload under deadlines in a demanding environment; can
    escalate appropriately.
  • Ability to read and interpret
    technical documentation and schematic diagrams.


  • Associate Degree in Electronics, Communications, or equivalent combination of education and work-related experience preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience with a television broadcasting environment, preferably 1000kW elliptically polarized directional antenna experience.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise communication, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational skills, and willingness to assist others.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong mindfulness and accuracy in all aspects of the position.
  • Ability to work extended hours, as needed i.e., weekend, evening and holidays.
  • Available for emergency response 24/7/365, as needed. Vacation/Sick relief is available.
  • Function as a responder for station disaster recovery.
  • Have valid state driver’s license, acceptable driving record.
  • A background check is required.

Other Transmitter Site
Engineer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement technical
    engineering directives from Senior Management.
  • Participate in budget
    preparation and policy, procedures, and goal setting.
  • Provide information to
    supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form,
    e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with other
    departmental heads to coordinate activities.
  • Provide advice and
    assistance to senior management in the planning, implementation, and evaluation
    of modification to existing operations and procedures.
  • Monitor network
    communications for advisories concerning daily program schedules, program
    content, special feeds, or program changes.
  • Perform miscellaneous
    job-related duties as assigned or needed.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

  • Must be able to stand
    and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to
    frequently reach.
  • Must be able to occasionally
  • Must be able to
    frequently work outdoors in all weather conditions and work indoors in
    environmentally controlled conditions.
  • Must be able to lift,
    operate and work on equipment weighing up to fifty pounds.

The above statements
are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed
by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an
exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of
personnel so classified.

Please note that any job offer is contingent upon your providing verification that you have been fully vaccinated (at least 14 days have passed since receiving final dose of vaccine) against COVID-19. Job offers will be withdrawn (regardless of whether you have already signed) if this condition is not satisfied. Unless and until this step has been completed, you should not resign your current employment, otherwise alter your employment status, or alter any personal circumstances in reliance on a conditional offer. DigitalGlue is committed to providing equal opportunity and does not discriminate based on any characteristic protected by law. If there is a medical or religious reason you believe you cannot comply with this requirement, please discuss with Human Resources during your interview process. 

DigitalGlue believes that diversity contributes to a more enriched collective perspective and a better decision-making process. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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