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Broadcast Maintenance Technologist

Broadcast maintenance technologists install, test, inspect, modify, repair and maintain radio and television broadcasting systems.

  • Avg. Salary $53,776.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.24
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Engineering Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Broadcast Technicians (5224) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Broadcast Technicians (F124) 
  • 2011 NOC: Broadcast technicians (5224) 
  • 2016 NOC: Broadcast technicians (5224) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Broadcast Maintenance Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Broadcast Technicians
OBJECTIVE

Interest in controlling and operating radio and television broadcasting systems to broadcast and receive signals; in operating broadcast equipment to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet; and in setting up and operating consoles to pick up and select feed sources from different locations and to air radio or television programs and commercials

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information obtained from console meters and other indicators to regulate clarity and range of sounds and colours of broadcasts or recordings

innovative

Interest in maintaining, installing and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast hardware and software

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Feb 20, 2017

All audio, video, computer and other technical equipment in studios and at remote locations or transmitter facilities must be regularly tested, adjusted, cleaned and inspected. When a problem is detected, broadcast maintenance technologists repair and restore equipment to proper operating condition.

Broadcast maintenance technologists maintain and repair a wide variety of standard and high definition equipment, including:

  • television cameras
  • video switching and mixing equipment
  • audio mixers
  • video and audio recorders and servers
  • video and audio effects equipment
  • editing equipment
  • microphones and sound equipment
  • lighting equipment
  • microwave equipment and satellite receivers and transmitters
  • computer and networking equipment
  • remote broadcast equipment
  • transmitters and transmission equipment for AM/FM radio and television
  • analog and digital equipment and converters.

In general, broadcast maintenance technologists:

  • construct, assemble, wire and install items such as control panels, chassis, cabinets and related equipment
  • build or modify special broadcast equipment
  • design and document systems using computer aided drawing programs and cable database management systems
  • ensure that the power levels and frequency of the station's broadcast signal meet government regulatory requirements and that broadcast signals are consistently clear and reliable
  • set up equipment at remote locations.

Depending on the size of the broadcast company, maintenance technologists may:

  • divide their time between repairing and maintaining equipment at the station and transmitter(s)
  • work exclusively at the station or mobile trailers, or at transmitter and rebroadcast facilities.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Broadcast maintenance technologists generally work indoors. They frequently work with small hand tools and electronic test equipment. Some heavy lifting may be required.

Broadcast maintenance technologists usually work shifts, including evenings, weekends and holidays. They may be required to remain on standby during their time off in case emergency repairs are needed at the station or at transmitter facilities. Overtime may be required to meet broadcast deadlines.

Technologists who work for broadcast companies that have a large number of rebroadcasting facilities may be required to travel extensively.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Broadcast maintenance technologists need to possess:

  • patience and persistence
  • good hearing
  • an aptitude for electrical and mechanical work
  • a keen interest in electronics and computers
  • the ability to perform precise, co-ordinated hand movements
  • good analytical and technical problem-solving skills
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

They should enjoy setting up and operating equipment, and trouble-shooting technical problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Broadcast maintenance technologists need at least 2 years of post-secondary training in broadcast systems technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

After they are hired, inexperienced broadcast maintenance technologists receive further training on the job.

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Certification is voluntary. The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) offers certification for graduates of recognized education programs such as the one at SAIT.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Broadcast maintenance technologists work for:

  • radio and television broadcasting networks and stations
  • recording studios
  • production and post-production facilities
  • multimedia enterprises
  • sports and entertainment venues
  • broadcast equipment companies (in sales and technical support positions).

In some cases, broadcast maintenance technologists are hired on a contract basis.

Experienced broadcast maintenance technologists may advance to supervisory positions such as senior technologist or chief engineer.

Broadcast maintenance technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5224: Broadcast Technicians. In Alberta, 89% of people employed in this classification work in the Information, Culture and Recreation (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Information, Culture and Recreation industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Employment prospects are best for broadcast maintenance technologists who are willing to travel or relocate.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Salaries for broadcast maintenance technologists vary depending on the technologist's experience and training, and the size of the broadcast company.

Broadcast maintenance technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5224: Broadcast technicians.

Broadcast technicians

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $40.00 $23.99 $24.00
Overall $16.00 $40.00 $28.24 $28.90
Top $17.00 $41.23 $31.72 $35.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

N/A

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

Vacancy Rate

6%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 20, 2017

Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) website: www.sbe.org

Western Association of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) website: wabe.ca

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Updated Feb 20, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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