Outside broadcast engineer

Job roles: Outside broadcast engineer

An outside broadcast engineer works on location to provide picture and sound coverage of an event. Typically this work can include live relays of sporting, music or other cultural events but may also involve recordings of dramas or music captured on location away from a studio.

Outside broadcast engineers are commissioned to provide content for TV, web, live cinema and corporate events from venues such as sports stadia, theatres, concert halls – or locations with little or no direct facilities to help the production, such a farms, factories, historic buildings or churches.

An outside broadcast crew may be based in an outside broadcast truck – essentially a television studio gallery on wheels, equipped with the same facilities needed in a fixed-site installation – or they may be required to assemble a production gallery within a venue.

To be a good outside broadcast engineer you will need knowledge of safe working practices, a multi-skilled approach to the job and an enquiring mind that is able to problem-solve. Although this is a technical role, there is a high degree of creativity required. You will work closely with a production team to deliver content right for the target audience and in keeping with the constraints of the location.

On successful completion of this apprenticeship you will gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Outside Broadcasting Engineering.

Entry requirements:

Typically, entrants to this role will have a degree within an engineering or technical media discipline or have a substantial level of experience in a related work area (normally three years or more). In addition, a driving licence and the flexibility to work away from home are essential.

The full apprenticeship standard is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-...

Qualification: Level 7 (Higher Apprenticeship)

Salary: Not available

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