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Particulars of ordinary

Typical roles:

Spectrum Planner, Design Engineer, Satellite tv for pc Communications Engineer, RF Transmissions Engineer, Broadcast Upkeep Engineer, Broadcast Engineer, Management Room Engineer, Operations Engineer, Methods Engineer, Graphics Methods Engineer, Platform Engineer, Studio Methods Engineer.

Occupational Overview:

Broadcast and Media Communications Engineers convey us our favorite TV or radio exhibits, wherever or nonetheless we resolve to get pleasure from them. Broadcast and Media Communications Engineers are on the coronary heart of the transmission course of from the manufacturing studio via to the house display screen/radio/streaming system. Job holders are usually not anticipated to technically function or produce a TV/Radio programme, however they do make sure that content material is broadcast and delivered on time and to the very best stage of high quality. They usually work for a broadcaster, broadcast or media companies provider or producer. Shoppers or clients could also be inside or exterior relying on the scale of the employer; these may embody manufacturing studios, manufacturing firms or these working dwell occasions. They might be situated in a broadcast or operations centre, at buyer premises, or on outdoors broadcast places corresponding to sports activities occasions or in a area subsequent to transmitters. The broadcasting and media communications trade is a 24/7, twelve months a yr operation, with out of hours and irregular working. The position is a singular mix {of electrical} engineering, digital engineering, software program engineering and inventive media. It’s a vital position within the trade and key areas for the Broadcast and Media Methods Engineer position embody:

  • Arrange and design, or set up and construct, of the published and media technical system infrastructure
  • Sustaining infrastructure and figuring out and resolving faults
  • Guaranteeing reliability and integrity of broadcast and communication methods
  • Working to tight deadlines, to make sure companies are all the time obtainable to finish customers, and that the safety and high quality of the media content material being delivered is maintained.
  • Service administration and assist for end-user firms, service suppliers, suppliers and bigger producers

Entry necessities:

This will probably be a matter for particular person employers, however usually entrants could also be required to have a minimal of two A ranges at Grade C or above; one in every of which needs to be in maths or a science, and 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (or equal) together with English, Maths and Science or appropriate equivalents corresponding to BTECs.



Period of Apprenticeship: 

Sometimes 36-48 months.

Overview date:

After 3 years.

Data, Abilities and Behaviours

A Broadcast, Media and Communication Engineer will know and perceive:

A Broadcast, Media and Communication Engineer will know and perceive:

Broadcast and Media Methods

  • Use of Radio Frequency (RF) to contribute or distribute information, TV or Radio alerts
  • Electrical and optical carriage of audio, voice, information, photos and talkback utilizing numerous modulation and encoding schemes
  • Synchronisation and latency

Audio and Video Methods  

  • audio and video information compression methods
  • analogue methods
  • ideas of acoustics, lighting, imaginative and prescient and cameras
  • tips on how to handle media via video and audio recording methods, integration of edit decisions, timecode, codecs, wrappers, file codecs, processing, graphics and audio packaging

Broadcasting Software program administration

  • The usage of functions and software program to regulate advanced methods to modify or ship a variety of companies corresponding to: Digital Programme Guides (EPG), Subtitles, Conditional Entry, on Demand companies, ingest of fabric, scheduling, supply networks and platforms, Automated Management, distant managed gear
  • Capabilities and parts of database administration methods and database integrity

IP Networking

  • Together with computing and quantity methods and protocols
  • Community topology
  • Safe and open methods for transmitting or broadcasting together with, however not restricted to, Native Entry Networks (LANs), Broad Space Networks (WANs), Digital networks and Cloud based mostly networks
  • Video streaming protocols

Safety ideas

  • The right way to establish bodily and cyber safety threats and vulnerabilities and the safety practices utilized to broadcast, media and communications infrastructure to guard and keep content material and operations

Electrical Engineering

  • Together with electrical provide sorts and methods, and using high and low voltage gadgets
  • Efficient operation of heating and cooling methods
  • Protected working practices, together with using acceptable security gadgets on industrial and home premises
  • The related electrical engineering insurance policies and procedures that apply to their position
  • Low energy circuits, frequencies, processing and an understanding of methods parts and total structure

Well being and Security Laws, insurance policies and procedures

  • Together with hearth security, electrical security, web site entry, related allow to work necessities
  • Completion of danger evaluation and technique statements and reporting procedures
  • When and tips on how to use private protecting gear

Enterprise, Mission and Service Administration

  • The related regulatory our bodies and their particular person content material and technical necessities
  • How their enterprise is structured and suits into the trade, the roles concerned in engineering supply, their clients and suppliers and the necessity for enterprise continuity
  • Service reporting, incident and downside administration and escalation
  • The right way to establish and cope with dangers to service, and keep correct information of actions taken
  • The ideas of venture administration
  • Related environmental laws and requirements relevant to their organisation together with vitality consciousness, necessities for recycling and disposal and the influence on communities

Technical Abilities – A Broadcast Engineer is ready to:

Monitor and keep operational methods via evaluation and downside fixing

  • Function and keep technical broadcast or networking methods following outlined procedures to make sure uninterrupted service, in step with service stage agreements
  • Apply a logical, structured strategy to figuring out, isolating and diagnosing root causes and addressing technical issues and resolving faults on broadcast methods and networks utilizing acceptable instruments and methods
  • Use software program to watch and keep broadcast and community system availability, interrogate information and act on any points
  • Use and keep cellular and stuck check and measurement gear corresponding to analysers, and act on the outcomes
  • Use technical data bases to assist present and new installations
  • Adjust to personal organisations insurance policies and procedures regarding particular person and group tasks for Well being and Security

Design methods and specs

  • Produce and replace system designs and documentation when required
  • Interpret and use technical documentation together with circuit diagrams and information sheets when creating, putting in or sustaining methods and networks
  • Determine and specify the suitable cables, connectors and parts for the required frequencies or information charges that have to be delivered

Set up methods and share technical data

  • Set up broadcast and community methods, commissioning and producing acceptable technical documentation and handover to customers checking these are understood
  • Talk clearly and concisely each verbally and in writing, bearing in mind the viewers and doable influence on enterprise relationships

  • Present technical recommendation and steerage as required
  • Keep a excessive diploma of accuracy and a focus to element


Private and Skilled Duty:

  • Drive to attain in all facets of labor. Display resilience and dedication when managing tough conditions, and in a position to affect the behaviour of others to satisfy required outcomes. Meet required skilled requirements. Work with integrity and take an moral strategy to develop belief with stakeholders. Talk and difficulty studies and statements in an goal and truthful method. Keep skilled conduct and develop and keep personal skilled competence. 

Innovation and Resourcefulness:

  • Perceive the larger image and work enthusiastically and creatively to analyse issues and develop modern and workable options to issues. Have an answer focus, not an issue focus and be constructive and adaptable, responding nicely to suggestions and the necessity for change.


People will full a related diploma in Broadcast and Communications Engineering/Expertise.  Apprentices with out English and Arithmetic at stage 2 should obtain stage 2 previous to taking their Finish Level Evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3, and British Signal Language {qualifications} are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language.

Hyperlink to skilled registration:

This apprenticeship is a recognised qualification for Technician Membership (or equal) of a Skilled Engineering Establishment and can ship on completion the competencies required for Skilled Registration with the Engineering Council at both ICT Technician (ICTTech) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) stage.  

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