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Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure television, radio and online programmes are broadcast at the right times and are high quality.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

42 to 44 a week

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your duties could include:

  • setting up studio equipment for transmission and editing
  • designing and setting up audio and video circuits
  • installing multimedia hardware, software and digital broadcast technology systems
  • setting up and operating links between studios and outside broadcast (OB) units
  • editing programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • testing and servicing equipment
  • finding and repairing technical faults

You could work at a TV studio, at a film studio or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could move into management.

You could also work freelance.

You can find out more about working in the media industry from ScreenSkills, ITV Careers and Sky.

You can get information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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