Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure television, radio and online programmes are broadcast at the right times and are high quality.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need to start on an in-house engineering training scheme.

Schemes include the BBC’s engineering trainee scheme and engineering sponsored degree apprenticeship.

You could have an advantage if you've paid or unpaid experience in using broadcast technology equipment from a placement with a broadcaster, by working on student film or TV productions, or community or hospital radio.
If you don't start through a training scheme, you’ll usually need:

  • experience in maintaining and repairing electronic equipment
  • to be familiar with broadcast technology
  • a work-related qualification in electronic or electrical engineering

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical and technical skills
  • communication and teamwork skills
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on studio and outside broadcasts (OBs), post-production operations, and new media like interactive TV and webcasts. 

Your duties could include:

  • setting up studio equipment for transmission and editing
  • designing and setting up audio and video circuits
  • installing multimedia hardware, software and other digital broadcast technology systems
  • setting up and operating links between studios and OB units
  • editing programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • testing and servicing equipment
  • finding and repairing technical faults
You’ll work as part of a team that includes producers, studio managers and presenters.

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000

Experienced: £30,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. Shift work is common, including weekends and nights. 

You may need to work extra hours at short notice.

You’ll work in recording studios, studio galleries, control rooms or maintenance workshops. 

You might work in all weather conditions and locations, when you’re working on OBs.

You might work away from home and overseas.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management.

You could also work freelance.

Last updated: 26 September 2016