Maintenance Engineer

Hearst Television, Cincinnati, OH, United States

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Duration: Full-Time

WLWT, the Hearst Television owned NBC affiliate in Cincinnati is looking for an experienced Broadcast Maintenance Technician.  The maintenance technician preserves the technical integrity of the station’s on-air signals and its equipment from acquisition to distribution.  This position supports all station efforts in-house and on remote locations. 



Job Responsibilities: 




  • Works closely with engineering and IT management and staff to support critical on-air systems and workflows including news, production, and broadcast systems and equipment.
  • Provides user support in a Windows workstation environment for custom and standard software applications.
  • Administers, maintains, and troubleshoots newsroom automation and streaming systems including field gear.
  • Handles hardware configuration, imaging, and deployment, performs back-ups, and supports LAN infrastructure.
  • Assist users with installing and using new software and features.
  • Applies software, updates services, and executes OS upgrades.  
  • Maintains digital transmitters, microwave central receive sites, satellite antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems, processing systems, monitoring devices, and automation systems.
  • Maintains production equipment including robotic camera system, production switcher, play out servers, graphics devices, lighting systems, weather graphics and weather systems, audio consoles, microphones, and IFBs.
  • Maintains news-gathering equipment including ENG cameras, field gear, ENG, DSNG, and SNG trucks, editing systems, and support devices.
  • Maintains support equipment including master and sub switchers, monitors, computer systems, microphones, intercoms, and archive videotape machines and XDCAM decks.
  • Conducts troubleshooting, installation, research, documentation, and cabling tasks.



Experience Requirements:

  • Must have 2+ years of experience working as a maintenance technician or an IT support specialist at a commercial television station with extensive experience in maintaining and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast equipment or 5+ years of experience in a related military occupation specialty


Qualification Requirements:

  • Must have proficiency with computers, computer systems, and networking,
  • Must have a solid background in broadcast television systems, transmission, and satellite communications,
  • Must have basic skill with video production, microwave systems, IT infrastructure, and station automation systems,
  • Must have excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills with the ability to repair equipment down to the circuit level,
  • Must be able to read and understand technical manuals, diagrams and schematics,
  • Desired to have experience maintaining and troubleshooting digital broadcast transmitters,
  • Desired to have experience with Autocad for system design and layout,
  • Must be able to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, work on rooftops, and in confined spaces,
  • Must be flexible to work various days and non-standard shifts as assigned,
  • Must have the ability to work effectively with other team members and independently,
  • Must be capable of following instructions, verbal and written,
  • Must have the ability work with minimal supervision,
  • Must have the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, and
  • Must have excellent vision (with or without corrective lenses) with the ability to read and distinguish colors.
  • In person work required.        





  • Associates degree in electronic engineering, IT networks and systems administration, or a minimum of two-years of an accredited IT and electronics school equivalent.
  • Military training and experience in electronics, avionics, or related fields will be considered.
  • SBE CPBE (or better) certification a plus.
  • Military Broadcast Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) course from Defense Information School (DINFOS) a plus.





Additional Requirements            

As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all employees who receive a written offer of employment be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law.  HTV will consider requests for reasonable accommodations due to medical and/or religious reasons on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements.  


About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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