Chief Engineer

Posted March 19, 2014

Full-time, exempt
Family Life Communications
Department:  Engineering
Tucson, Arizona

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the installation and maintenance of broadcast equipment systems utilized at the FLC Broadcast Center and at FLC AM and FM transmission sites in compliance with applicable FCC regulations and good engineering practice.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Installs, maintains, repairs, and upgrades broadcast equipment consisting of, but not limited to; audio routing, systems, consoles, program delivery automation systems, digital audio satellite up-link systems, AM/FM transmission systems, and associated equipment to insure reliable operation from the FLC broadcast center facilities in Arizona; with direct support of systems outside Arizona as required or necessary
  • Serves as On-Call Engineer on a rotating basis with Engineering staff; responds to FLC technical emergency problems with FLC stations at any of our locations; may require overnight, weekend and holiday work, as needed
  • Coordinates with the Director of Engineering, Engineering staff and FLC contract engineers to ensure stations’ technical emergencies are quickly resolved
  • Shares the responsibility with Engineering staff the duties of FCC Designated Chief Operator to insure compliance with FCC requirements for EAS and station logging with the procedures established by the Director of Engineering
  • Investigates interference issues; provides and implements recommendations for resolution
  • Performs and documents preventive maintenance of the Tucson Broadcast Center systems as well as all AM/ FM transmitter and translator sites

 NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides support and back-up to the Broadcast Engineer/IT Specialist on our Broadcast  IT systems equipment that is part of the Tucson Broadcast Center
  • Performs the engineering set-up for Sharathon fundraising drives
  • Collaborates with the Facilities Department; assists in meeting mutual goals between Engineering and Facilities, as needed
  • Provides instruction to applicable staff regarding technical operation of broadcast equipment and any systems changes, as needed

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field; or equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum five (5) years successfully maintaining multiple high power AM and FM transmission systems, including directional AM arrays, resulting in legal and stable technical performance meeting good engineering practices
  • Minimum three (3) years with network or station group engineering experience
  • Minimum three (3) years of satellite uplink experience
  • SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer™ – (CBRE™) or ability to obtain within 12 months
  • SBE Certified AM Directional Specialist™ – (AMD™) or ability to obtain within 12 months
  • SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) or ability to obtain within 12 months

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Proven ability to troubleshoot audio, and RF circuits to the component level utilizing schematic diagrams
  • Proven ability to perform RF and/or audio proof of an AM and/or FM audio transmission system
  • Knowledge of AM and FM RF directional and non-directional transmission systems
  • Highly skilled in configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining radio studio systems including on-air telephone systems, microphone processors, digital audio routing and console systems
  • Knowledge of configuration and troubleshooting satellite uplink systems including encoders, management and control
  • Solid knowledge of radio station recording, storage and playback systems
  • Ability to lead and supervise engineering contractors and employee(s) toward specific measurable and timely results in a Christ-like manner
  • Current knowledge of FCC rules
  • Excellent oral, presentation and written communications skills; well-developed organizational skills
  • Proven ability to plan and perform complex work in a fast-paced environment where only general policies or procedures are available
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and work at heights from ladders or similar equipment
  • Ability to climb ladders and work in varying weather conditions

OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid state driver’s license with acceptable driving record
  • Dependable vehicle and proof of auto insurance
  • Requires in-state travel; requires out-of-state travel on an as-needed basis
  • Proven self-motivated starter who sets and achieves personal work objectives

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or related field or combination of education & experience

OTHER PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with Six Sigma Quality Assurance Methodology

Our cutting-edge team provides a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If you would like to use your gifts and talents to serve Christ, please complete the application below and send with cover letter and resume to:

E-mail: hr@flc.org

or:

Family Life Communications Incorporated
Attn: Human Resources Department
PO Box 35300
Tucson, AZ 85740

Fax Number: 520-469-7314

*No submissions will be considered without a completed/signed employment application.

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