Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Media Center / School of Journalism
University of Montana - Missoula, MT

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Under the supervision of the Technical Director of the Broadcast Media Center (BMC) and the Dean of the School of Journalism, the Broadcast Engineer is responsible for the proper operation of all engineering and technical aspects of the television studios and production environments including electronic, electrical, and mechanical equipment as well as assisting with the HDTV and FM transmitters according to the FCC regulations.

The Broadcast Media Center houses KUFM-TV and KUFM Radio. Both are 24-hour-a-day, professionally staffed, CPB-qualified stations, broadcasting as a public service of UM-Missoula. Both stations extend educational and culturally enriching programming: in radio to western and north central Montana, and statewide in television through Montana PBS, a collaborative service of UM and MSU. The Center provides broadcast-quality video and audio production for campus departments on all The University of Montana campuses, as well as national, state and local government agencies. Several BMC staff members hold adjunct professorships with R-TV.

The School of Journalism is one of the oldest accredited journalism programs in the Unites States. The School of Journalism blends a rich history with today's technology. Founded in 1914, the J-School started in Army tents pitched on the Oval. Since 2007, the School of Journalism has called Don Anderson Hall home. Don Anderson Hall has television studios, newsrooms, a production control room, audio studios and the Montana Kaimin, the independent student newspaper. There are connections to MontanaPBS, Montana Public Radio and KGBA-FM College Radio. The School of Journalism is a professional school where students learn by doing. Professors have all had successful careers in the news media and continue to stay current with the fast-changing media world. The School of Journalism provides journalism education for students who want to work in print, online, photo and broadcast journalism. Broadcast students produce a number of radio, television and online segments and programs that air on commercial and public radio and television stations.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Maintain and repair Journalism audio & video field and studio equipment according to good engineering practices.

In Cooperation with the KUFM-FM and KUFM-TV Chief Operator:
Perform duties required by FCC Regulations (ex. station logs, EAS logs, transmitter logs, license renewals, public file technical requirements, etc.) for KUFM-FM and KUFM-TV.

Check daily to ensure transmitters and ancillaries are operating properly and in accordance with FCC regulations.

Perform necessary satellite, microwave, studio equipment, and transmitter maintenance on a routine basis per FCC regulations and manufacturer’s recommendations.

Provide coverage for critical job duties when Chief Operator is on vacation or responding to remote maintenance issues.

Purchase necessary technical supplies and minor equipment.

Coordinate with Journalism School Information Technology department for efficient use and integration of video, audio and computer systems.

Maintain knowledge of current trends in media delivery technology to assist in strategic planning and make recommendations on new equipment for purchase to meet good engineering practices

Assist student productions to insure content intended for broadcast meets appropriate standards.

Provide technical assistance per FCC engineering standards for studio and field productions to MontanaPBS producers, production staff and Journalism School students, faculty and staff

Diagnose, repair or facilitate the repair of component level broadcast related equipment.

Proactively identify potential issues and develop and implement plans to address and resolve potential problems

Work with all engineering and technical staff on projects, trouble-shooting and repairing technical problems either as project leader for television or transmitter related projects or as team member for other projects unless otherwise assigned

Research and install upgrades to hardware and software.

Recommend new equipment for purchase to meet good engineering practices.

Plan for future changes and additions to the broadcast plants.

Plan and implement connectivity between UM and local, regional and national broadcast and online outlets.

Work with Journalism School technology committee to plan for and budget for repairs, replacement and upgrades.

Successfully complete other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or needed

Perform duties safely following OSHA standards

Supervise student employees

Supervise contracted businesses and/or workers in communities with transmitters and translators as a resource for resolving issues and performing required maintenance
Supervise projects as assigned

Required Skills

Studio and remote live Digital TV production engineering experience
Candidate is familiar with all technical aspects of a broadcast facility
Candidate is able to perform work at all studio sites and transmitter sites
Knowledge of AVID non-linear editing systems hardware and software such as iNews, Newscutter, Media Composer, UnityISIS, Deko, Thunder and others.
Knowledge of TV studio equipment including HD digital video cameras, digital video switcher, digital video router, video server, intercom and recording devices.
Knowledge of FCC broadcast standards.
Knowledge of digital television systems theory.
Knowledge of HD-SDI and SD-SDI quality control for video & audio level and timing.
Knowledge of Computer, Networking and Troubleshooting methods, management and operation particularly as it pertains to non-linear video editing systems.
Basic skill with general and specialized computer word processing, spread sheets, data bases and drawing programs.

Physical Requirements : Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Ability to lift up to 75 lbs.

Load, secure and unload trailer

Drive 4X4 vehicle

Travel and work in extreme weather conditions
Hike (and or ski) to remote sites

Required Experience

Must have at least a BS degree in Electronic Engineering and/or Broadcast Communications or equivalent with at least two (2) years full time broadcast engineering experience.


Screening of applications will begin on October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Letter of interest

Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience

Contact information for three professional references*

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References * References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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