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ViacomCBS TV Broadcast/Maintenance Technician in San Francisco, California

REF#: 37186

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Stations

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff


JOB LOCATION: San Francisco, CA


CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, three independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates. Among its stations are WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV (New York), KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV (Los Angeles), WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV and WPSG-TV (Philadelphia), KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth), KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV (San Francisco), WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV (Boston), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Detroit), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KCNC-TV (Denver), WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV (Miami), KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV (Sacramento), KDKA-TV and WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh), WJZ-TV (Baltimore), as well as WCCO-TV’s satellite stations KCCO-TV (Alexandria, Minn.) and KCCW-TV (Walker, Minn.).


CBS and CW network owned and operated local station is looking for a motivated individual to work in a team environment to realize multiple ongoing technical projects, assist in maintaining the technical facilities at our studios in downtown San Francisco as well as our transmitters at Sutro Tower and remote ENG locations. Applicants should have at least two (2) years of direct, hands-on experience in television broadcast, production and IT network equipment integration and maintenance.

Description of Responsibilities:

Local Union represented Broadcast Engineers take direction from the Engineering Management Team to implement a variety of capital projects, as well as maintain and resolve issues with equipment throughout the studio plant and remote RF sites.

The position requires an engineer with a positive demeanor and the ability to react well to changing conditions that are present in a 24/7/365 broadcast facility. Experience installing, configuring and fixing studio equipment from a range of manufacturers (e.g. Sony, Grass Valley, Pesa, Evertz, Calrec, Ross, Dell and others) is preferred and applicants references to specific major broadcast systems should be provided.

  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to travel, bend, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds, climb ladders and/or step stools to maintain equipment.

  • Computer proficiency in MS Windows including MS Office, Outlook and Visio. Solid understanding of IP networking, file system infrastructure, software installation/update practices and experience using FTP, telnet and terminal applications with serial interfaces.

  • Basic knowledge navigating Mac OS X including application installation, file system basics and network configuration.

  • Solid grasp of RF fundamentals: 2-way, cellular, point-to-point microwave and wireless networking systems.

  • Proficient in handling test equipment: spectrum analyzers, bitstream analyzers, oscilloscopes and digital multi-meters.

  • Cable fabrication and termination experience.

  • Experience with ENG vehicle maintenance: hydraulic masts, D-TEC II safety systems, generators, DC power systems, general automotive maintenance.

  • Understanding of SD/HD digital video, signal routing and processing equipment.

  • Experience with satellite downlinks and configuring digital IRDs.

  • Understanding of the major digital video file formats, their chief characteristics, common format containers and metadata usage.

  • Fluent understanding and the ability to read wiring diagrams, flowcharts and schematics.


  • Solid understanding and experience working with high-power RF television transmitters. Vendor transmitter training is a plus.

  • CAD drawing and editing experience with AutoCAD and/or Visio.

  • Single and multi-mode fiber optic cable splicing and terminating experience.

  • In depth knowledge of the TSC broadcast standard and PSIP fundamentals.

  • Direct experience working with the Triveni GuideBuilder and Imagine Selenio multiplexer.

  • Direct experience working on Gates ULXTE & Diamond digital transmitters.

  • Experience configuring workflows in Telestream Vantage.

  • Experience working in MS-DOS, Unix and Linux command-line and GUI-based systems.

FUNCTION: Engineering

EEO Statement:

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.

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