Job Description:

Broadcast Engineer

Full Time, Non-Exempt, IBEW covered

Reports to:  Senior Director, Engineering


Perform preventive and corrective technical maintenance on all broadcast and production systems. Provide broadcast systems maintenance, installation and testing support as needed.  This position involves year-round 24 hrs./7 days support of master control, studios control rooms, post production, and news editing. Primary facility hours of operation 8am to 9pm and include a flexible weekend rotation. The position is covered by an IBEW union contract and reports to the Senior Director of Engineering.


  • Daily routines include thorough check of all systems and addressing concerns of end users.
  • Support production facilities including production control rooms, studios, cameras, switchers, audio mixers, intercom, multiviewer systems, non-linear editing and server storage.
  • Support master control, studio to transmitter links and transmitters.
  • Upgrading software and maintaining broadcast networks.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Broad based experience in television systems engineering and maintenance. Hands on experience with production switchers, video and audio routers, cameras, audio mixers, intercom systems, non-linear editing systems, frame synchronizers, broadcast graphics systems, master control automation.
  • Experience isolating and resolving hardware and software issues on a variety of equipment.
  • Working knowledge of modern file-based workflows common to news production, master control and long form post production.
  • Working knowledge of networking for production environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new equipment and systems and keep skills current in a constantly changing industry.
  • Transmitter experience a plus but not required (will train).
  • Must have experience delivering technical solutions in a deadline driven production environment, client skills a must.
  • Ability to document and read schematics and drawings. Autocad experience preferred.
  • Strong understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet, and database management software. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with good driving record and should be able to lift up to 50 lbs of equipment and carry for one city block with or without accommodation.
  • Must be available for shift work including evenings, weekends and holidays.  Emergency maintenance work may require callback and overtime.
  • Self-starter highly motivated and must work well under pressure without direct supervision.


  • Minimum 5 years related experience in television broadcast and production systems.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA and NewsHour Productions prioritizes the safety and security of our community.   In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment.  Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.

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WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships.  WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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