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Job Opening: DTV Transmitter Site Engineer

Job Category:  Television Engineering/Technical Manager

Locations:  Tustin, CA. 92780, Mt. Wilson, CA. 91023

Contact: Please send resume to to apply

Job Summary

The Transmitter Site Engineer will oversee the maintenance and operations of the DTV transmitter equipment at the station and transmitter remote sites. The position requires not only experience in engineering and television station operations, but also proven experience in the ability to communicate complex information to broadcast staff.  The Site has solid-state transmitters, wireless internet STL, and the latest Burk remote control units for monitoring and control of sites.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of the satellite uplink and terrestrial DTV station television transmitter operations.
  • Perform site inspections and maintenance and respond to off the air emergencies.
  • Provides timely/urgent response in resolving technical and operational problems including but not limited to on an off-air situations, equipment, and transmitter issues 24/7/365.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, install, and repair broadcast technical plant, equipment, and systems, including transmitters, related equipment, remote control, studio equipment, telephone, digital transmission of a multi-site facility as well as station equipment in station vehicles with little or no supervision.
  • Use Radio Frequency engineering knowledge to install, maintain, and repair all RF technical equipment in studio and transmitter facilities, including digital transmitting equipment, directional antenna system, Studio to Transmitter Links (STL), and satellite uplinks/downlinks, and microwave transmission systems.
  • Ensures station compliance with rules and regulations applicable to FCC, local, state, and federal, laws.
  • Implements recent technologies and technical infrastructure for the station.
  • Manages engineering and technology capital projects to the established budgets
  • Coordinates outside vendor services and maintains station equipment utilizing broadcast information technology systems.
  • Repairs and maintains station building infrastructures or collaborates with vendors and Facilities Department as needed.
  • Communicates with and coordinates equipment maintenance and training with vendors/contractors.
  • Have and utilize working knowledge of PC’s, networking, routers, switches, operating systems, network security and Microsoft applications software such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access Database and PowerPoint.
  • Use comprehensive knowledge of basic electronic theory for troubleshooting to the system and boards to the component level where applicable.
  • Implement new engineering projects as needed.
  • Be a forward-thinking contributor to the station for the Engineering department. Anticipate and communicate future needs.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of all aspects of transmitter site, towers, and facility.
  • Document equipment and wiring systems, using software as well as manual drafting.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of the equipment at the station, transmitter sites, and remote vehicles.
  • Attend Emergency Alert System committee meetings and follow local, state, and national discussions about public warnings
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed.

Budgets and Capital

  • Develop, prepare, and implement operating and capital expense budgets and special projects.
  • Obtain and verify quotes for projects and/or recurring service by outside vendors and contractors as needed.
  • Recommend capital and expense purchases to Management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must have:

  • Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations.
  • PC skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; IT & Network skills on broadcast related, IP based applications, networking, hardware maintenance, and some programming.
  • Ability to work on both IP based broadcast equipment and legacy broadcast equipment
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Candidate must be motivated and enthusiastic about the Television Broadcast industry.
  • Ability to evaluate faulty electronic equipment and circuits to locate defects and apply knowledge of electronic systems to diagnose causes of malfunction and affect repairs
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload under deadlines in a demanding environment; can escalate appropriately.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical documentation and schematic diagrams.


  • Associate Degree in Electronics, Communications, or equivalent combination of education and work-related experience preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience with a television broadcasting environment, preferably 1000kW elliptically polarized directional antenna experience.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise communication, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational skills, and willingness to assist others.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong mindfulness and accuracy in all aspects of the position.
  • Ability to work extended hours, as needed i.e., weekend, evening and holidays.
  • Available for emergency response 24/7/365, as needed. Vacation/Sick relief is available.
  • Function as a responder for station disaster recovery.
  • Have valid state driver’s license, acceptable driving record.
  • A background check is required.

Other Transmitter Site Engineer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement technical engineering directives from Senior Management.
  • Participate in budget preparation and policy, procedures, and goal setting.
  • Provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with other departmental heads to coordinate activities.
  • Provide advice and assistance to senior management in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of modification to existing operations and procedures.
  • Monitor network communications for advisories concerning daily program schedules, program content, special feeds, or program changes.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned or needed.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

  • Must be able to stand and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to frequently reach.
  • Must be able to occasionally climb.
  • Must be able to frequently work outdoors in all weather conditions and work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
  • Must be able to lift, operate and work on equipment weighing up to fifty pounds.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Please note that any job offer is contingent upon your providing verification that you have been fully vaccinated (at least 14 days have passed since receiving final dose of vaccine) against COVID-19. Job offers will be withdrawn (regardless of whether you have already signed) if this condition is not satisfied. Unless and until this step has been completed, you should not resign your current employment, otherwise alter your employment status, or alter any personal circumstances in reliance on a conditional offer. DigitalGlue is committed to providing equal opportunity and does not discriminate based on any characteristic protected by law. If there is a medical or religious reason you believe you cannot comply with this requirement, please discuss with Human Resources during your interview process. 

DigitalGlue believes that diversity contributes to a more enriched collective perspective and a better decision-making process. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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