The people who ensure that visual broadcasts make the successful leap through cables and satellites to home viewers are TV engineers. These employees are in charge of much of the technical aspect of assuring the proper use and maintenance of equipment. They may work in studios under the supervision of producers to help ensure that proper levels of sound and color mix are transmitted. They also help diagnose and repair or send out malfunctioning equipment and request replacements as necessary.
A TV engineer will typically perform regular equipment and gear inspections for his or her employer. This typically includes routine checks of cameras, mixing and recording equipment, and signal transmission gear (such as satellite or microwave antennae). The engineer may also be required to install new equipment and will normally be tasked with training other personnel in basic operations. For pre-recorded television media, the engineer will also normally assist a producer in helping to set up a shoot and ensuring that various levels of lighting and sound remain consistent for editors and post-production technicians finishing of the project.
To work as a TV engineer, a person will typically require an associate's or bachelor’s degree in broadcast or electrical engineering. Many prospective engineers in the field will also seek out internships while attending school to gain practical experience within the field. TV engineers who work for production studios that create content normally have more regular business hours than their broadcast network counterparts. The latter typically must be on hand or on call whenever the signal is on air. These engineers will find shift work throughout the day and evening in a studio environment.