Freelancer – Operator 3, Programming Ops – TOC Engineering

September 18, 2023

Job Description

The Transmission Operations Engineer will be responsible for the technical operation of Spectrum Regional Sports Networks transmission systems, event backhauls and coordination. Individuals in this role will be required to perform all maintenance, setup and operation of the transmission facility in accordance with Spectrum Networks technical standards as well as the technical limits as defined by EIA RS-170A/ SMPTE 274M/SMPTE 292M guidelines and FCC guidelines.


Essential Job Functions:
Evaluates and resolves Satellite, fiber and IP transmission related technical issues.
Executes and coordinates, outbound/inbound fiber and satellite transmission feeds.
Operate MPEG2, MPEG4 and JPEG encoders and IRDs.
Communicates with SNG vehicles, satellite TOCs and in-house staff on transmission related technical items.
Monitor and maintain quality control of transmission feeds.
Maintain all required logs and fill out all required feed information in the Spectrum Networks – Regional Sports systems.


Preferred Qualifications:
Operations (Tactical Responsibilities)
Understanding of satellite technologies including; antennas, LNB,s, encryption and multiplexing.
Understanding of IP networks, protocols and topologies
Ability to acquire knowledge of transmission systems and related components
Ability to evaluate digital transmission signals using test equipment and software tools.
Understanding of broadcast communication systems such as intercoms and IFB’s.


Position Requirements:
Knowledge & Experience (Technical Responsibilities)
Operate Facilities Control System.
Operate broadcast encoders, decoders, up/down converters, frame syncs, video routers, etc.
Experience with satellite uplink and/or downlink, teleport experience.

Ability to work under pressure.
Ability to manage a high volume of transmission feeds.
Ability to operate and maintain and repair RF satellite transmission, signal distribution and signal evaluation equipment.
Prompt, regular and consistent attendance.
Flexible schedule with the ability to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
Strong understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.
Operate within a 24/7/365 network/transmissions operations center.

Formal Education & Certification
College diploma or university degree in the field of Electronics or IT Engineering/Technologies or equivalent work experience.
3+ years experience in broadcast facility operations

Travel Requirements:
Travel depending on project needs

Leadership/Staff Accountability:
No Supervisory responsibilities with this position.

Personal Attributes
Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
Reacts to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
Flexible during times of change.
Strong written and oral communication skills.

Strong presentation and interpersonal skills.
Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language.
Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

Work Conditions
Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time.
Overtime may be required in meet deadlines.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other computer components.