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Broadcast - Engineering

Broadcast engineering is the field of electrical engineering, and now to some extent computer engineering and information technology, which deals with radio and television broadcasting. Audio engineering and RF engineering are also essential parts of broadcast engineering, being their own subsets of electrical engineering.

 Broadcast engineering involves both the studio end and the transmitter end (the entire airchain), as well as remote broadcasts. Every station has a broadcast engineer, though one may now serve an entire station group in a city, or be a contract engineer who essentially freelances his services to several stations (often in small media markets) as needed.


Modern duties of a broadcast engineer include maintaining broadcast automation systems for the studio and automatic transmission systems for the transmitter plant. There are also important duties regarding radio towers, which must be maintained with proper lighting and painting. Occasionally a station's engineer must deal with complaints of RF interference, particularly after a station has made changes to its transmission facilities.


 Broadcast engineers may have varying titles depending on their level of expertise and field specialty. Some widely used titles include:

  •  Broadcast design engineer
  •  Broadcast systems engineers
  •  Broadcast IT engineer
  •  Broadcast IT systems engineer
  •  Broadcast network engineer
  •  Broadcast maintenance engineer
  •  Video broadcast engineer
  •  TV studio broadcast engineer
  •  Outside broadcast engineer
  •  Remote broadcast engineer


Broadcast engineers may need to possess some or all of the following degrees, depending on the broadcast technical environment. If one of the formal qualifications is not present, a related degree or equivalent professional experience is desirable.

  •  Degree in electrical engineering
  •  Degree in electronic engineering
  •  Degree in telecommunications engineering
  •  Degree in computer engineering
  •  Degree in management information system
  •  Degree in broadcast technology