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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 201F
Category: Information Services


Operate, monitor, and maintain a radio or television broadcast transmitter, video-tape unit, master control panel; or studio production equipment for radio and/or television.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this class perform with minimum supervision, fully-qualified technical level duties relating to television or radio facilities and/or broadcast/distribution systems in areas of maintenance, production, operation, and programming. Work must conform to Federal Communications Commission regulations and applicable State and local communication laws for all areas including a remote broadcast facility.

Typical Work

Operates and maintains video-tape recorders; sets levels, optimizes head drivers, readjusts controls, replaces and orders parts as needed;

Records and plays back network programs on video-tape recorders; makes tape duplicates; evaluates, repairs, and screens all incoming new and used tele-course tapes;

Maintains television equipment and systems including quality evaluation, alignment, and repairing of the following studio equipment: television studio cameras, video and audio control units, monitor and switching systems, television/video-tape machines in black and white and color, audio-tape machines, microphone pickup devices, broadcast transmitter unit, etc.;

Maintains and operates a television or radio broadcast transmitter and all supporting equipment including: turning off and on equipment, making adjustments for transmission and the monitor and control outgoing signals;

May make tests and check equipment to ensure proper operation of broadcast transmission systems in compliance with rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission; maintain FCC log;

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of full-time experience/training in radio or television technician work. First class Federal Communications Commission radio-telephone operator's license may be required.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Examination Requirements

• A job element examination (including written, E & T and oral components) scored on the basis of job related experience, training, skill, ability, and other elements which are established through job analysis.

Class Specification History

New Class: March 7, 1973
Revise Class: July 18, 1975
Revise Minimum Qualifications: July 2, 1990
Revised new class code: (formerly 3551) effective July 1, 2007