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5224 – Broadcast technicians

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.


Example titles

  • Broadcast technician
  • Broadcast transmitter operator
  • Broadcasting switcher
  • Master control room (MCR) equipment operator - broadcasting
  • Master control room (MCR) technician - broadcasting
  • Mobile broadcasting equipment operator
  • Regional transmitter technician
  • Short-wave receiving station technician
  • Video transmission operator
  • Broadcast engineer

Main duties

This group performs 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.

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.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
52 – Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Minor group
522 – Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
Associated Career Handbook profiles
5224.0 – Broadcast technicians
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