WLWT-TV , Hearst Television station in Cincinnati, is looking for an experienced broadcast maintenance technician. The maintenance technician preserves the technical integrity of the station’s on-air signals and its equipment from acquisition to distribution. This position supports all station efforts in-house and on remote locations.
- Works closely with engineering and IT management and staff to support critical on-air systems and workflows including news, production, and broadcast systems and equipment.
- Provides user support in a Windows workstation environment for custom and standard software applications.
- Administers, maintains, and troubleshoots newsroom automation and streaming systems including field gear.
- Handles hardware configuration, imaging, and deployment, performs back-ups, and supports LAN infrastructure.
- Assist users with installing and using new software and features.
- Applies software, updates services, and executes OS upgrades.
- Maintains digital transmitters, microwave central receive sites, satellite antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems, processing systems, monitoring devices, and automation systems.
- Maintains production equipment including robotic camera system, production switcher, play out servers, graphics devices, lighting systems, weather graphics and weather systems, audio consoles, microphones, and IFBs.
- Maintains news-gathering equipment including ENG cameras, field gear, ENG, DSNG, and SNG trucks, editing systems, and support devices.
- Maintains support equipment including master and sub switchers, monitors, computer systems, microphones, intercoms, and archive videotape machines and XDCAM decks.
- Conducts troubleshooting , installation, research, documentation, and cabling tasks.
- Must have 2+ years of experience working as a maintenance technician or an IT support specialist at a commercial television station with extensive experience in maintaining and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast equipment or 5+ years of experience in a related military occupation specialty
- Must have proficiency with computers, computer systems, and networking
- Must have a solid background in broadcast television systems, transmission, and satellite communications
- Must have basic skill with video production, microwave systems, IT infrastructure, and station automation systems
- Must have excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills with the ability to repair equipment down to the circuit level
- Must be able to read and understand technical manuals, diagrams and schematics
- Desire to have experience maintaining and troubleshooting digital broadcast transmitters,
- Desire to have experience with Autocad for system design and layout
- Must be able to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, work on rooftops, and in confined spaces
- Must be flexible to work various days and non-standard shifts as assigned
- Must have the ability to work effectively with other team members and independently
- Must be capable of following instructions, verbal and written,
- Must have the ability work with minimal supervision,
- Must have the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, and
- Must have excellent vision (with or without corrective lenses) with the ability to read and distinguish colors.
- Associates degree in electronic engineering, IT networks and systems administration, or a minimum of two-years of an accredited IT and electronics school equivalent.
- Military training and experience in electronics, avionics, or related fields will be considered.
- SBE CPBE (or better) certification a plus.
- Military Broadcast Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) course from Defense Information School (DINFOS) a plus.