Engineering Operations Technician

Hearst Television, Baltimore, MD USA

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Engineering Operations Technician – Full Time

WBAL-TV (Hearst Television) Baltimore, Maryland

Put your Broadcasting Operations skills to good work by joining the extraordinary team at WBAL Television. The Operations Technician maintains the technical integrity of our station’s newscasts and on-air signals and related equipment. The Operations Technician role in television is challenging, creative and never boring. Know that your work has an impact every day.

Why Hearst Television

Hearst Television is a national multimedia company with operations serving nearly three dozen U.S. cities, reaching one out of every five U.S. households. Hearst Television delivers local and national news, weather, information, sports, and entertainment programming via every available content-delivery platform. Hearst is a company that intentionally invests in their employees, offering opportunities for technical, professional, and personal growth.

WBAL is a multi-platform local media leader, Baltimore’s NBC Affiliate, and has been on the air over 74 years. Our passionate team members serve our viewers and clients with world-class content and advertising solutions seen by tens of thousands of consumers every day. Our engineering team enjoys world-class technology and understands how it supports our overall mission to inform, entertain, and support our local communities. The WBAL team also cares deeply about their friends and neighbors. Every year their collective work raises millions of dollars for local charitable causes. As part of the global Hearst team, based in Baltimore, Maryland, our resources to serve our viewers, clients and employees are best-in-class.

What you’ll do
Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Operating robotic cameras;
  • operating audio console and all related audio systems including wireless equipment
  • technical directing duties including switcher operation, graphics systems and media playout systems
  • master control duties including automation ingest and playout, following FCC compliance rules and graphics system operations; studio floor directing, including moving, maintaining appearance of and handling of props, sets and floors
  • maintain and operate studio lighting system with ability to climb ladders to maintain fixtures
  • assisting with remote and in-house production
  • participate in regular system reboots and tier 1 troubleshooting of control room and studio equipment
  • other duties as assigned

A thorough knowledge, understanding, and familiarity of the essential job functions must be the primary goal within the first 120-180 days. An ongoing effort to gain a holistic overview of broadcast operations, systems, operations, and workflow is essential. Must be willing to work any shift assigned including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. This is an IBEW Union position and requires union membership.

What you’ll need
Candidates should work well in a team environment, communicate effectively, professionally, and respectfully while maintaining a positive attitude in high pressure situations.

A strong attention to detail, computer literate, should possess good technical understanding of equipment, and be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with constant deadlines while adhering to corporate standards, policies, and procedures.

Real-world experience, educational credentials and/or related military experience will be considered.

Additional Requirements
As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all newly hired employees 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.

Want to learn more about Hearst Television? Visit Hearst Television's website.