Chief Engineer

Title:  Chief Engineer

Reports to:  President/CEO


FLSA Status:     Full-time - Salary/Exempt

Job Summary:

Responsible for the operational readiness, maintenance, installation, and testing of all broadcast equipment. Also responsible for the installation and maintenance of station IT network and office computers.

The position requires a thorough understanding of Master Control and technical production processes, workflow, signal flow, and the operational proficiency with all job related equipment and software.


Job Functions:

  • Install, operate, and maintain all broadcast equipment, including but not limited to: Studio and field digital video cameras, video servers, routing and switching systems, automation systems, satellite earth-station controllers and receivers, UHF NTSC/ATSC transmitters, microwave radio links, and camera video control panels, and programming.
  • Perform as a production, operations, maintenance, or transmitter engineer as needed
  • Troubleshoot, perform software and hardware maintenance and install all production and broadcast related equipment.
  • Maintain quality control of recorded materials and take responsibility to discern the issue to correct it.
  • Monitor and log transmitter status.
  • Perform all broadcast related job functions required by the FCC and maintain broadcast signals within FCC guidelines.
  • Responsible for FCC license renewal, maintenance, and integrity
  • Provide set up and operation of video and audio for live remote broadcasts.
  • Set up recording equipment, both audio and video, for production and broadcast (e.g. shading cameras, configuring microphones, timing devices for seamless switching…)
  • Respond to viewers phone calls and e-mails regarding reception problems and other technical concerns.
  • Attend training sessions relevant to the job function at the station.
  • Implement technical infrastructure and provide systems integration for present needs and provide on-going research and vision for future needs
  • Install and maintain office computers and networking equipment. Provide upgrades and repairs as needed.
  • Manage and maintain station IT network and server platforms and manage data recovery procedures and operations as needed.
  • Maintain the integrity of the station’s digital facilities and contents, including e-mail services, firewall(s), and FTP server(s).
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the mission and goals of public broadcasting.

Education and Experience Required (An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or related field required.
  • Minimum two years Master Control operations and maintenance and broadcast experience, or five years related experience. Transmitter operation and IT administration experience preferred.
  • Must be able to lift a maximum of 50 lbs, and have the ability to perform physical functions as required.
  • Must have the ability and flexibility to travel to ancillary studio and other locations as required.
  • Must be willing to work a varied, flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess a strong commitment to providing excellence in a finished product.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and timelines as required. Must be detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while shifting priorities as required.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and also to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Must be able to handle stress in an appropriate manner, and be able to manage projects in a manner that is both collegial and productive.
  • Strong PC and MAC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, …), Windows XP/Vista/7, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and related software.
  • Willingness to learn new specialized software tailored to specific broadcast applications (e.g. Logo insertion, intercom routing, video routing, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of Digital Video codecs and intricacies therein.
  • If interested,
    send resume, salary requirement and two professional references

    to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Or by U.S. Mail:
    Human Resources KSMQ Public Television
    2000 8th Ave. NW
    Austin, MN 55912


    KSMQ Channels

    Channel 15 Dish Network, Direct TV, Jaguar or Antenna.
    Channel 779 Charter.
    Channel 8 Mankato Charter.
    And Other local Cable Systems.

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