Chief Engineer

Engineering|   West Coast

A broadcast group on the West Coast is looking for a Chief Engineer for their 3-station cluster plus a thriving digital footprint and brand. This operation is very dominant in the market.

Market location is fantastic. Within minutes after a hard day’s work, you can be skiing in the winter and swimming, boating and fishing in the warm summer.  If golf is your sport, then you’ll be in heaven because there is a varied selection of challenging golf courses in the vicinity.  Or you can explore America’s nearby national parks.  For the large city experience, 2 major cities are within 2 hours drive. 

This is a terrific opportunity for someone who is a current CE but frustrated with corporate interference; or an ACE who feels ready to step-up and run their own department; or even for a CE who may have left the business or been downsized out of it but who still wants to be part of broadcast the way it should be. Reliability is of primary importance as all aspects of the physical plant will come under the CE’s purview.  Position reports directly to the GM.

All levels of experience are encouraged to apply.  Part time could be a consideration for the right candidate. Initial conversations are exploratory and confidential.

Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Maintain all F.C.C. required documents up to date, including program, E.A.S. and technical logs
  • Trouble shoot, repair and maintain all broadcast equipment in studio and tower site
  • Assure reliability of both generators at studio and tower site and execute stated exercise and maintenance program
  • Make request of any capital expense to GM before purchase
  • Act as liaison for any F.C.C. type inspections requested
  • Work to improve the facility through diligent pre-planning and inspection


  • Minimum five years’ experience as chief or assistant to the chief
  • Knowledge of analog and digital audio equipment and associated wiring
  • Knowledge of digital microwave transmission systems for broadcasting
  • Knowledge of transmitter maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair
  • Knowledge of tower site and structure maintenance
  • Ability to quickly troubleshoot electronic circuits and perform component level repair
  • Basic knowledge of broadcast automation systems and operation
  • Basic knowledge of office telephone systems and troubleshooting
  • Basic knowledge of generator maintenance and operation
  • Ability to be on call 24/7/365 and available to respond to emergencies at all times
  • Ability to lift at least 40 pounds

All interested parties should contact Kate Glenn for more information, EOE. All inquiries will be kept confidential.