Maintenance Technician

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Location: Cincinnati, OH US
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Job Description

WLWT, the Hearst owned NBC affiliate 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. 

 Job Responsibilities: 

  • Works closely with IT and engineering 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

Required Skills

Qualification Requirements:

  • Must have proficiency with computers, computer systems, and networking
  • Must have a solid background in broadcast television systems, transmission, and satellite communications,
  • Must have advanced 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 lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, work on rooftops, and in confined spaces
  • Desired to have experience maintaining and troubleshooting digital broadcast transmitters
  • Desired to have experience with Autocad for system design and layout
  • 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. 

Experience & Education:                

  • Associates degree in electronic engineering, IT networks and systems administration, or a minimum of two-years of an accredited IT and electronics school equivalent
  • SBE CPBE (or better) certification a plus
  • Should have 2+ years of experience working as a maintenance technician.
Hearst Television Stations