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Tracking Code8686 Job Description

The Assistant Chief Engineer is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the WBUR broadcast systems, including a major studio complex and multiple FM transmitter sites. As part of the above duties, the Assistant Chief Engineer will participate in the annual budget process for WBUR Transmission Systems and assist in the procurement of new studio and broadcast equipment. This position will also coordinate and supervise the work of any external vendors that maintain and repair WBUR transmission sites that are off campus. In addition, the Assistant Chief Engineer will supervise and train the Studio and Broadcast Engineer.

To ensure a rapid response to technical emergencies that could impair studio operations or broadcast transmissions, the Assistant Chief Engineer position includes responsibility for on-call availability on shared basis with the rest of the Broadcast Systems team. This position must ensure a rapid restoration of services in the event of system failures, in coordination with the Chief Engineer.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, execute and direct the installation, maintenance and repair of studio and broadcast transmission equipment.
  • Supervise and train Studio and Broadcast Engineer to assist with duties described above.
  • Equipment procurement and purchasing of replacement parts and equipment.
  • Programming, maintenance and repair of broadcast automation systems, plus PRSS interconnection programming (Content Depot).
  • Emergency, on-call support, live event support.
  • Define operational procedures for transmission systems and train Broadcast Recording Technicians, combo announcers, and other operators.
Required Skills
  • B.A./B.S., or equivalent, knowledge of radio broadcast systems and at least eight years of relevant experience.
  • Full time work experience in a broadcast radio, television or audio production-field may substitute of educational training on a 1:1 basis.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Must be fluent in the following:

  • design and installation of FM broadcast transmission systems,
  • operation of HD Radio transmission systems,
  • AoIP systems, including long-distance audio transmission via IP codecs and LAN-based audio systems,
  • high frequency communication systems such as satellite earth stations, fiber optic transmission and terrestrial microwave,
  • computer-based audio production and automation systems,
  • use and configuration of both Windows and Apple operating systems computers,
  • low voltage wiring techniques and regulatory codes (e.g. TIA-568 Ethernet wiring, audio, and control system wiring).

Must be familiar with:

  • repairing of electronic audio equipment down to the component or module level, including soldering techniques for printed circuit cards,
  • requirements of Neilsen PPM monitoring systems.
Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular




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Posted: 12/18/2020
Application Due: 2/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time