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Classification Details

Classification Information

Classification Title Technician
Classification Code 57800
FLSA Non-Exempt

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Technician / Assistant Engineer
Position Number 122360
Pay Grade 13
Department Media and Communication - 21900
Expectations for All Employees:

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee’s job performance must support and exhibit the university’s core values: PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential; RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust; DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected; EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic; EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication at East Tennessee State University seeks a full-time Technician/Assistant Engineer in Radio-TV-Film (RTVF) to begin July 2012. Start date 7/15/12 with a negotiable postponement until 8/1/12. RTVF is a professional and academic program that is hands-on and demands significant interaction with students. RTVF operates a student-run radio station, THE EDGE, and a TV Station, Buc TV. The Assistant Engineer is responsible for installing, maintaining, operating, and documenting all broadcast related systems and equipment to meet Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and any other applicable regulations to also include standards set by the Department of Communication. Equipment to maintain includes but is not limited to: High Definition video cameras, still image cameras, video switchers, video servers, video and audio routers, linear and non-linear editing systems, Macintosh and PC computer systems, digital videotape recorders, digital and analog audio consoles, network switches, fiber transceivers, satellite reception systems and any other broadcast related equipment used in the instruction of Radio Television Film and Journalism programs. To perform other related duties as assigned. Radio-TV-Film is part of a multi-disciplinary department that includes Speech, Theatre & Dance, and Mass Communication (Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, and Radio-TV-Film). The department has more than 400 undergraduate majors and an established graduate degree program. East Tennessee State University is a state-assisted and Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Intensive University of more than 15,000 students. It is a regional institution, serving East Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and western North Carolina. ETSU is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents system and is located in Johnson City, which won recognition in 1999 as an All-American City. The city is in Northeast Tennessee between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. From its main campus in Johnson City, ETSU serves a population of more than 1 million people in a 75-mile radius. The area enjoys moderate climate and a variety of recreational opportunities, such as camping, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and snow skiing. Area information is available at and

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Must have a good command of the English language and possess the ability to understand instructions and underlying principles of the broadcast and IT industries to include the installation, operation, and maintenance of broadcast related computer devices and server systems.
  • Must be able to visually distinguish colors. Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Advanced electronics experience including ability to solder and terminate a variety of connectors.
  • Ability to read and interpret electronic schematics and service manuals.
  • Command a solid working knowledge of electronic principles, HD-SDI, SDI, AES, analog component, analog composite, ISDN, IP, POTS, and analog audio signal systems standards.
  • Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills are essential; strong communications skills are a must.
  • Ability to evaluate and resolve or bypass equipment malfunctions during stressful situations.
  • Basic knowledge of single and three phase power systems.
Required Qualifications

AAS degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology or closely related field. BS Electrical Engineering preferred. 2-5 years experience in broadcast television maintenance or cable TV broadcaster maintenance, or equivalent. Ability to change priorities and handle last minute changes as need dictate. Knowledge of analog and digital production technology, satellite RF technology and reception methods, data networks, servers, archive systems, distribution systems, analog digital SD and HD SMPTE standards including streaming media data formats. Knowledge of Apple OS 10.x Time-management, written and interpersonal skills. Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license. This is not a telecommute position.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands
Supervision Given and Received

Performs under general supervision. Determines own methods of performing assigned work.

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Job Duties

These are the job duties required of the position.

Description of Job Duty
  • Performs preventative maintenance, installation and repair of many forms of audio and video equipment both analog and digital.
  • Implements practices for the setup and operation of new equipment and systems in addition to the current equipment and systems.
  • Assists int he management and administration of High bandwidth Video data network, SAN, NAN, and other server based technologies.
  • Maintains a solid foundation in troubleshooting techniques and the implementation of those techniques inthe repair of electronic equipment, electronic systems, and software based systems.
  • Monitors and maintains analog and digital signals to meet FCC and other regulatory quality control standards.
  • Uses electronic testing equipment such as but not limited to; oscilloscopes, waveform/vector scope, function generator, VOM’s and optical power meters.
  • Troubleshoots fiber optic transmission and reception systems.
  • Distinguishes between hardware and software failures with ability to research and implement software based solutions as well as troubleshoot to system and circuit level with occasional diagnostics on the component level.
Job Duty Type Essential
Description of Job Duty
  • Provides broadcast, radio, television, and film related technical support for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Assists faculty, staff, and students in diagnosing operator-based issues with both software and hardware.
  • Assists faculty int he development and implementation of the technical aspects in course curriculum.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
Job Duty Type Secondary