Mobile Unit Engineer Apprentice
NEP Broadcasting, LLC - Pittsburgh, PA

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Company Overview:

NEP, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the #1 provider of total broadcast solutions in the growing live sports and entertainment markets throughout the U.S. and U.K. The Company designs and delivers customized, mission-critical mobile broadcast services to its clients through superior engineering expertise, innovative technologies and state-of-the-art equipment that is the largest and most diverse in the industry. NEP’s experienced team of engineering professionals and its relentless dedication to its clients’ success have resulted in longstanding relationships with many of the world’s largest and most influential television networks, production companies and live event organizers.

Founded in 1986, NEP pioneered the evolution of the live broadcast industry by recognizing the value it could provide to clients by providing a greater level of engineering expertise and service than could be provided in-house. Since its inception, NEP has developed a unique, complementary set of capabilities by leveraging its talented professionals, developing in-house technologies and solutions and executing strategic acquisitions. NEP’s unparalleled engineering expertise, service and scale have positioned the Company as the only provider capable of delivering the required level of service for some of the highest profile live sports and entertainment events. NEP also provides production services and control room functions for entertainment events and unscripted broadcast programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. With a track record of consistently delivering the highest quality of service, NEP is regarded as the industry’s ‘gold standard’. NEP’s blue-chip client list includes all of the major U.S. networks and cable channels, Sky Broadcasting in the U.K., as well as entertainment programs such as The Daily Show and Conan O’Brien.

NEP has a winning culture that aligns the team around a common purpose focused on achieving client satisfaction, employee satisfaction and financial growth. This purpose is supported by strong company values centered on delivering superior service.


The purpose of this position is to develop engineering and broadcast equipment maintenance skills through 6 program phases. Successful completion of the program will result in a Mobile Unit Engineer position in approximately 24 months. The Mobile Unit Engineer will supervise and perform necessary maintenance activities required for broadcasting equipment on an NEP mobile unit in order to meet client requirements and operate up to NEP standards of quality.

Developmental Phases include:

PHASE I (approximately 1 month)

Work with NEP Field Shop
  • Report daily to Field Shop Director
  • Load and offload equipment from mobile units
  • Compile load lists for mobile units
  • Bar code equipment properly
  • Scan equipment into equipment database

PHASE II (approximately 1 month)

Work with NEP Copper Maintenance Department
  • Report daily to Maintenance Engineering Manager
  • Test the functionality of incoming cable assemblies
  • Repair and fabricate cable assemblies
  • Fabricate connectors for every required type of cable in a mobile unit

PHASE III (approximately 4 months)

Work with Fiber Maintenance Department
  • Report daily to Fiber Optic Manager
  • Learn terminology and cable connector types
  • Sorting and prescreening of cable assemblies
  • Test fiber optic cables for optical loss and continuity
  • Visual inspection of fiber optic connectors
  • Cleaning of various connector types
  • Mechanical assembly and reinforcement of connector ends
  • Terminate and polish connector end faces
  • Use and testing of fiber hardware

PHASE IV (approximately 6 months)

Work with NEP Systems Integration
  • Report daily to Technical Supervisor
  • Assist in mobile unit construction
  • Learn various connector types and termination techniques
  • Cut and label cables and terminate ends
  • Lace cables into mobile unit racks
  • Test cables
  • Install and fax out equipment
  • Understand truck schematics and read truck elevation drawings
  • Participate in final mobile unit fax out before 1st event

PHASE V (approximately 6 months)

Work with NEP Maintenance Department
  • Report daily to Maintenance Engineering Manager
  • Ensure equipment quality control and check out
  • Check and repair auxiliary equipment as it passes through field shop (including intercom belt packs, monitors, microphones, speaker stations, etc.)
  • Work side by side with Maintenance Engineering Manager and Maintenance Engineers on special projects, various pieces of equipment, and software upgrades
  • Install and fax out broadcast gear in mobile units (including cameras, vtrs, etc.).
  • Shadow on mobile units as an extra Engineer when appropriate

PHASE VI (transition from PHASE V for 3 to 6 months)

Work on a specified mobile unit as a 3 rd Engineer
  • Report daily to Mobile Unit Engineering Manager and Engineer in Charge
  • Set up mobile unit(s) for remote events
  • Provide on site preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of television equipment and systems
  • Work with Mobile Unit Engineers, Mobile Unit Drivers and crew members on specific events/packages
  • Coordinate equipment and scheduling logistics with Operations Coordinator
  • Strike and tear down mobile unit(s)

Additional Training provided during program:
  • Networking Seminar
  • Equipment Specific Training through NEP Vendors/Staff

Length and order of program may vary depending on individual technical skills and project schedules

  • Evaluation of the Apprentice will be conducted at the completion of each program phase
  • Final Evaluation and Assessment will be conducted prior to Graduation

  • Completion of Associates or Technical Degree preferred from a Broadcast Communications, Electronics or Engineering School
  • Formal electronics training preferred
  • Strong Mac/PC skills (Microsoft Office operating systems) and proficient knowledge of networking
  • Ability to work on tasks and projects independently as well as in a team oriented environment
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Must be willing and able to lift/push/pull up to 50 lbs., and be willing to seek assistance for anything over 50 lbs. (should not seek to do over 50 lbs. without assistance).
  • Must be willing and able to travel 100% of the time upon program completion to NEP remote events

NEP Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers employment opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age (40-70), national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability (except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement).

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