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Broadcast Technicians - 27-4012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Audio Engineer
  • Board Operator
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Maintenance Engineer
  • Broadcast Operations Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Engineer
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • Master Control Supervisor
  • Production Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.
  • Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality and position them appropriately.
  • Develop employee work schedules.
  • Discuss production requirements with clients.
  • Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.
  • Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.
  • Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems, and perform maintenance or minor repairs, using hand tools.
  • Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy and edit graphics or sound onto videotape.
  • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Make commercial dubs.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Organize recording sessions and prepare areas, such as radio booths and television stations, for recording.
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.
  • Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
  • Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities, such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.
  • Produce graphics for broadcasts.
  • Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.
  • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Schedule programming or read television programming logs to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.
  • Select sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
  • Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
  • Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Train others on work processes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Camera Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Information Systems Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Field Radio Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Communications, Submarine (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Systems (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radio Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Apprentice, Communications (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Apprentice, Electronic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Craftsman, Communications (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Craftsman, Electronic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Helper, Communications (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Helper, Electronic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Journeyman, Communications (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst Journeyman, Electronic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tropospheric Scatter Radio Multi-channel Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Audio Operator
  • Field Engineer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Access Coordinator, Cable Television
  • Audio Operator
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Supervisor, Broadcast
  • Master Control Operator
  • Technical Testing Engineer
  • Technician, News Gathering
  • Telecine Operator
  • Television Technician
  • Transmitter Operator
  • Video Operator
  • Videotape Operator