Broadcast technicians (NOC 5224)

Job titles

  • broadcast maintenance technician
  • broadcast transmitter operator
  • broadcasting control operator
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Nature of work

Broadcast technicians install, set up, test, operate and repair electronic equipment used to record and transmit live and taped radio and television programs and to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet. They are employed by radio and television broadcasting networks and stations, by broadcast equipment companies and by Internet-based communication providers.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working in the arts, culture, music, or recreation
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Broadcast technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Monitor broadcast quality of live and taped radio and television programs
  • - Operate and monitor radio and television broadcasting systems to broadcast, receive signals and to regulate clarity and range of sounds and colours of recordings or broadcasts
  • - Operate broadcast equipment to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet
  • - Make emergency repairs to equipment and substitute programs in case of signal failure
  • - Maintain, install and troubleshoot a wide variety of broadcast hardware and software
  • - Set up and operate consoles to pick up and select feed sources from different locations and to air radio or television programs and commercials
  • - May supervise other broadcast technicians.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a college program in broadcast technology or electronics is usually required.
  • * Senior and supervisory positions in this unit group require experience.

Skill type

  • Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

Skill level

  • Technical