FM Engineer

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
FM Engineering

 Successful candidates should be skilled in radio broadcast engineering and operations including maintenance of broadcast automation and studio equipment, transmitter site RF equipment as well as possessing strong computer/IT skills.

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

The mission that drives us:

KQED provides citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The successful candidate will be required to join National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Local 51.

Salary Information: $53.60-$73.64 per hour

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to inspect, repair, and maintain all broadcast radio station equipment, including transmitters, antennas, satellite downlinks, automation system, studio equipment, remote equipment, generators, telephone system, audio routing systems, consoles, etc.
  • Responds to equipment outages, malfunctions, and related technical problems
  • Conducts routine diagnostic testing, repair and replacement of all equipment used for radio stations broadcasts
  • Documents equipment maintenance, repair and replacements
  • Troubleshoot broadcast equipment problems to board level

Other Job Functions: 

  • Makes decisions on test equipment, parts, and related tools needed for use in maintenance and repair
  • Maintain knowledge of FCC Rules and Regulations
  • Provide basic level IT and audio support to users with varying degrees of experience
  • Assist in maintaining station transmitter and EAS Logs

    Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Minimum 3-5+ years broadcast engineering experience
  • Hands-on FM and HD transmitter experience
  • IT and networking knowledge and experience
  • Experience with digital audio delivery/streaming; Telos ZI/P, Barix, Comrex, GatesAir, etc.
  • Strong proven time management skills including ability to multitask across a multitude of workstreams
  • Proficiency in shared documentation tools, including Excel, Word, Google Sheets, Google Docs.
  • Strong verbal and writing communications skills
  • Availability to work various hours / days, including some weekends and holidays
  • Ability to provide on-call status 24/7 in case of equipment failure
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Visio and other technical drawing platforms

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Experience with production and newsroom asset management systems such as Dalet Galaxy, Octopus Newsroom, etc.
  • Experience with automated master control systems such as Dalet Galaxy, ENCO DAD, WideOrbit AFR, etc.
  • Experience with digital routing systems and consoles such as Lawo, Wheatstone, Sierra Audio Systems, etc.
  • Remote PC access tools such as Anydesk, Remote Desktop, VNC
  • Proficiency with industry standard DAW’s such as Avid ProTools, Adobe Audition
  • Knowledge of digital audio standards including IP standards such as AES67, Ravenna, Dante, etc.

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