Job Description:

The Chief Engineer of WOSU Public Media is primarily responsible for the proper installation, operation and support of the technical aspects of the radio stations including all broadcast equipment located in WOSU facilities at the Fawcett Center, new 1800 Pearl and multiple transmission plants throughout the state in accordance with appropriate Federal, State, local and university rules and regulations.  The Chief Engineer must have a thorough understanding of analog, digital and IP-based systems and be able to integrate new technology and upgrades into the existing infrastructure as technology advances.  The Chief Engineer will install, operate and maintain transmitter RF systems for proper operation within FCC, FAA, Federal, State, local and university compliance with minimum broadcast interruptions or downtime of WOSU’s 8 broadcast transmitter facilities.  Monitors radio engineering budget and may supervise part-time maintenance staff.  Advises station and university personnel on technical options available in order to solve problems or to facilitate new projects.  Supports technical and engineering needs in radio and TV engineering as needed.  The Chief Engineer will report to the Director of Engineering.



        ---Research, Develops and makes recommendations for the design, repair, construction, modification and installation of radio transmitters, interconnections, and studio equipment.

        ---Assists in the development and monitoring of annual operating budget for radio engineering.

        ---Assists in the development and monitoring of capital project budgets.

        ---Acts as Chief Operator as required by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. 

            Responsible for station logs, EAS logs, license renewals, public file technical requirements, etc.

        ---Represents Radio engineering at internal and external meetings

        ---May supervise part-time maintenance engineers.



         ---Install, maintain, modify, operate and support complex broadcast systems and equipment at a

             variety of transmission sites and studios.  Including preventative maintenance of all radio

             production and broadcast equipment, as well as FM transmitters and associated transmission

             system equipment. 

         ---Conducts calibration, testing and verification of broadcast communications systems and

             equipment in order to ensure compliance with station license and departmental quality

             standards and as is necessary to ensure operation within FCC specifications and guidelines.

         ---Including, but not limited to, digital audio consoles, IP-based network audio routing systems,

             broadcast automation systems, portable audio equipment, microphones, digital audio editing

             software, satellite systems, STL and T1 systems, audio processing equipment, digital production

             and transmission systems, solid state and tube-type FM transmitters, HD Radio systems, remote

             control systems, broadcast antennas, computer hardware, audio servers, computer operating

             systems and applications, basic understanding of TCP/IP networking and LAN/WAN

             environments.  Building systems and utilities, including electrical, HVAC, generators and UPS

             power systems.


         ---Assist with the installation and maintenance of IT equipment and systems.  Aid the IT staff in

             supporting broadcast computing and networking systems.

         ---Provide technical support and functional guidance of administrative/professional employees,

             including radio operations, on-air, production and news staff and/or direct supervision of

             support staff, contract engineers, tower clients and outside vendors on an ongoing basis. 

         ---Procure equipment and parts.  Maintain engineering parts inventory and ensure adherence to

             accepted engineering practices and standards.



Additional Information:

Required Qualifications


         ---Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field or equivalent combination of

             education and experience.

         ---Five years’ experience maintaining digital and analog radio broadcast equipment and related

             IP-based equipment.

         ---Diagnose and troubleshoot highly complicated broadcast systems and equipment, including the

             ability to troubleshoot to component level when appropriate.

         ---Experience researching, recommending and purchasing radio broadcast equipment.

         ---Demonstrated ability to work constructively with colleagues and engineering staff in a creative,

             collaborative, innovative, respectful, multi-unit, multiple-project environment, delivering results

             with high standards.

         ---Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to work well with

             diverse personalities and varying levels of engineering and technological knowledge/experience.

         ---Interest and willingness to keep abreast of industry trends and engage in practical learning in

             related areas.

         ---Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and must be able to climb ladders and crawl on floors in order to

             access broadcast equipment and systems.

         ---Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record for regular travel to remote broadcast

             transmission sites within Ohio in all types of weather conditions.

         ---Ability to be on Call 24/7/365


Preferred Qualifications


         ---Experience maintaining radio and/or television equipment and facilities

         ---Familiarity with audio over IP systems and consoles, and broadcast automation systems.     

         ---Experience working at a public media organization

         ---SBE Certification




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Columbus, OH
United States
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Sunday, March 7, 2021
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