Chief Engineer (KJZZ / KBAQ)

August 31, 2021 by Comments Off on Chief Engineer (KJZZ / KBAQ)

  • Full Time
  • Tempe

Rio Salado College

Broadcast Chief Engineer

Job Summary
Plans, supervises, and provides operational oversight of broadcast engineering services for radio and/or television stations, studios, and remote production operations. Provides all broadcast engineering services for the stations, studios, remote production operations, planning, maintenance, and emergency services for KJZZ, KBAQ and Sun Sounds of Arizona. Takes responsibility for the identification and completion of work, understands the scope, nature and importance of work assigned, makes work progress without excessive supervision, demonstrates a willingness to think through problems and work barriers to achieve goals and follow-up work in order to achieve priority objectives.
Essential Functions
70% – Assures the quality of the digital audio signals originating from the studios/control rooms and the routing/transmission of these signals; maintains services and repairs or oversees the repair and maintenance of all equipment in radio studios, control rooms and/or editing suites; Designs and carries out improvements and upgrades when necessary; is responsible for the testing and maintenance of both field production and studio production gear, including both electronic and non-electronic.
15% – Monitors the stations to insure that technical performance meets the standards of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Maricopa Community Colleges; FCC applications; assists in the preparation of operating and capital equipment budgets; maintains and certifies engineering logs and other records required by the FCC; maintains property control files and records.
15% – Supervises and administers technical aspects of transmitter/ translator operations and SCA operations; works with infrastructure service providers to provide required stations services; maintains liaison with NPR with regards to satellite and other network considerations.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in radio/television, digital communication, broadcast engineering, or related field, five years of broadcast engineering or directly related experience which includes two years of supervisory experience.


An equivalent combination of the conferred degree and directly related full-time work experience as described above sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation, may be considered.
Desired Qualifications
A. Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations, telecommunication laws related to broadcast station operation and compliance.
B. Field maintenance and troubleshooting experience with FM translators, both over the air and alternative delivery methods, such as microwave and satellite systems.
C. Society of Broadcast Engineers certification at a Senior level or above for television or radio broadcast engineer.
D. Recent experience working with high power combined FM transmitters, “HO Radio transmitters”, 950MHz. STL/ICR, on air analog and digital studio consoles, audio over IP digital routing systems, voice over IP digital telephone systems for broadcast use, audio processing equipment in an on air studio system, 5.8 GHz STL, studio and remote control systems. Experience with ISDN, Comrex and T-1 Telco interfaces is a plus.
E. Experience with Microsoft Windows Domain operating systems in a broadcast environment related to Information Technology infrastructures, computer networking, audio playback over IP network, audio server and off site storage.
Special Working Conditions
Possession of a valid State of Arizona Class D Driver’s License is required; employee must meet district minimum standards regarding driving:
Work is performed in both the field and in an indoor office environment with frequent exposure to hazardous physical conditions (such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.); and moderate exposure to extreme temperatures, movement restrictions or travel.

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