Maintenance Engineer

Job Number: R50025850

Brand: Fox TV Stations

Job Type: Engineering, Facilities, Information Technology

Location Type: Onsite

Experience Level: Experienced Hires

Location: Seattle, Washington

Job Posting Date: June 18, 2024

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OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY

Fox TV Stations

FOX Television Stations owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in 14 of the top 15 largest designated market areas, or DMAs, and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce approximately 1,200 hours of local news every week. These stations leverage viewer, distributor and advertiser demand for the FOX Network’s national content.

JOB DESCRIPTION

FOX 13 and FOX 13+, the Fox O&O duopoly in Seattle, WA has an opening for a broadcast Maintenance Engineer to join our technology team. Our maintenance engineers have a unique mix of solid IT skills as well as television broadcast systems experience due to the variety of systems we use. Troubleshooting ability in IT and video/audio/ASI is a key skill to get systems back online quickly.

In this role you will work closely with our news and other departments to keep all news production and broadcast operations running smoothly. Our maintenance engineers maintain everything from transmitter sites, building systems, networking systems, computer systems, IT security, and signal creation and distribution. This dynamic role is the perfect opportunity for someone who enjoys variety in their day. If you match these requirements, we want to hear from you!

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Perform regular software updates to broadcast systems to keep them up to date.

  • Perform regular health checks of virtual systems in a VMWare environment.

  • Network monitoring and scanning of networks to proactively identify problems.

  • Maintain, operate, and repair station equipment.

  • Perform preventive maintenance on equipment and facilities as needed to ensure optimum operation and performance of the equipment.

  • Review preventative maintenance schedules and perform maintenance, inspections, and adjustments as needed.

  • Do light maintenance like replacing light bulbs, and other repairs to keep our studio and transmitter facilities in good condition.

  • Be proactive in identifying underlying problems in the plant and fixing those problems.

  • Diagnose and repair faulty equipment and/or systems down to the lowest practical level.

  • Utilize test equipment, technical manuals, and schematic diagrams as part of the diagnostic and troubleshooting process.

  • Effectively communicate with and listen to operators, producers, writers, directors, other staff and/or clients to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in a timely manner.

  • Accurately detail and document work, projects, installations, daily repair, and work in progress, to ensure information is updated and accurate records are maintained.

  • Order and prioritize work assignments without supervision to ensure smooth operation of the facility.

  • Contact vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers as necessary to obtain repair documentation, information, and parts as needed.

  • Occasionally drive to remote work sites on logging roads in adverse weather conditions.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to efficiently troubleshoot, analyze, and correct malfunctioning equipment and systems.

  • Read and understand line drawings and technical manuals as reference documents to ensure optimum operation and performance of equipment.

  • Read and understand station drawings, understand station signal paths, utilize test equipment (oscilloscope, phabrix, spectrum analyzers), terminate wires (coaxial and network), and troubleshoot fiber connections.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum three (3) years’ IT experience and two (2) to three (3) years’ experience as a Broadcast Maintenance Engineer.

  • WA State driver’s license and driving record in good standing.

  • Experience with low- and high-power transmitters and transmitter site maintenance preferred.

  • Experience with tower oversight and maintenance preferred.

  • IT certifications desired.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift weights up to 50 lbs., frequently bend, kneel, stoop, and reach.

  • Ability to occasionally drive distances of up to several hours in adverse conditions to maintain equipment at remote worksites.

  • Ability to stand for long periods (1+ hour).

  • Ability to use tools, manipulate small parts, and make minute adjustments to controls requiring fine finger movements.

  • Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

  • Ability to work alone and without supervision.

  • Ability to work under deadlines and time constraints.

  • Ability to work various hours including nights and weekends.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

At FOX, we foster a culture and environment where everyone feels welcome and can thrive. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent across our company. We live in a diverse world, with different ideas and different perspectives that come together to spark new ideas and make great things happen. That means reflecting the diversity of the world around us is critical to our company’s success. We ensure that our viewers, communities and employees feel heard, represented, and celebrated both on screen and off.

Click here to learn more about the diverse communities of people behind our brands. 

Pursuant to state and local pay disclosure requirements, the pay range for this role, with final offer amount dependent on education, skills, experience, and location is: $36.01-40.82 per hour for Washington. This role is also eligible for various benefits, including medical/dental/vision, insurance, a 401(k) plan, paid time off, and other benefits in accordance with applicable plan documents. Benefits for Union represented employees will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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