Full-Time: TV Maintenance Engineer

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full Time
  • TV Engineering
  • Experienced


The TV Maintenance Engineer role is responsible for the administration and maintenance of KQED’s television infrastructure as well as KQED Event AV[1] technology, server applications, hardware, and software. Duties include service support responsibilities and operations in the TV Engineering department, providing end-user, software & remote support for KQED staff across multiple departments. This position is a union represented position with NABET.

This role will be working onsite at KQED's newly renovated headquartersKQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to provide documentation of a need for exemption.

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

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Supports KQED TV Operations and Events AV end-user technology
  • Maintains software and hardware inventory and works with support vendors to ensure regular maintenance.
  • Primary support responder to technical issues in support of TV Master Control, TV Production and TV Post-Production
  • Primary support responder to technical issues related to KQED Events AV technology in primary and/or secondary events spaces

Other Job Duties:

  • Uses a complete documentation suite that includes Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, Google Sheets and Google Docs documents, Visio drawings and AutoCAD drawings.
  • Ability to execute support access procedures (phone call vs. email vs trouble ticket, etc.)  for KQED TV Engineering major equipment vendors with a sense of urgency.
  • Works closely with IT Support to determine connectivity in and out of the TV Engineering network to the internet and to the main IT network.
  • Using Zoom, Teamviewer, MS Teams, Slack or other remote tools to observe remote computers, help end-users at KQED and to host support vendors.
  • Support ticketing, tracking and inventory tools, including Jira Attlasian trouble tickets and Solarwinds Network monitoring.
  • Troubleshoot problems with tools including off-air loggers, Streamscope ATSC analyzer, TSReader Pro and Wireshark.
  • Updates the technical ‘how to’ articles in KQED’s “Confluence” Knowledge-base and any future collaborative or informative staff resources.
  • Ability to communicate at an end-user level regarding graphics, camera robotics, virtual sets, studio cameras, NRCS (iNews), ingest and playout servers for production,
  • Work with the TV Master Control Media Asset Management to understand the end-user workflows, as well as the interfaces to the ProTrack and WideOrbit traffic systems, Imagine ADC automation, Telestream Vantage and LiveCapture.
  • Work with the TV Production and Digital Post-Production PAM/MAM systems to understand the end-user workflows, as well as interfaces to MOS gateways, video transcode engines, NAS/SAN storage arrays, etc.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • 5+ years in a TV Engineering or IT Technical Support role
  • Proven administration knowledge in Windows operating systems
  • Familiarity with the basics of command-line in Linux operating systems, using “Putty” or similar terminal software
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Basic networking troubleshooting skills.
  • Detail-oriented, thorough & organized. Understands importance of controlling connections to the internet from Engineering computers.
  • Very strong technical aptitude to learn technology quickly and apply learned principles to other situations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and solid analytical skills.
  • Ability to interact within groups and capable of leading minor group activities.
  • Service oriented and motivated to provide an exceptional customer experience.
  • This position is specifically for nightside Maintenance coverage. Ability to work nights and weekends is required


Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Hands-on knowledge of AES67 audio and SMPTE-2110 video
  • Working knowledge of Avid iNews
  • Working knowledge of MAM, PAM, BPM and other workflow orchestration tools
  • Working knowledge of Cisco and/or Arista switches and routers
  • Working knowledge of StorNext, Synology, FastServe and other high-performance storage platforms
  • Experience with Cisco IOS and the ability to work with VLAN and other settings
  • Ability to create technical workflows in Telestream Vantage as well as other workflow orchestration platforms and appliances
  • Experience with Adobe software applications - particularly Adobe Premiere, Acrobat Reader and Acrobat DC
  • Proven administration knowledge of Mac OS operating systems
  • An awareness and willingness to follow security guidelines for administrator-level access to servers

[1] “Events AV” involves four high-end Audio-Visual rooms at KQED, including a theater with Crestron automation, lighting, video switcher, audio mixing and live streaming



Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people 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.


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