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Broadcast Engineer #395

Washington D.C.
Closing date
Mar 14, 2023

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Engineer, Other
Full Time

Broadcast Engineer #395
Pay Band: SAA-8 - $82944-$124413
Remote Work Status: Onsite / FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Posting Date Range: 2/6/2023-2/20/2023
This vacancy announcement closes at 7pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Job Description
This is technical work providing engineering support for the video and audio recording equipment operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. Work includes troubleshooting equipment problems during Senate proceedings requiring prompt repair to avoid downtime. Work includes modifying new and existing equipment as well as identifying system design innovations. Work is performed under the general supervision of an Engineering Supervisor.

Examples of Work
Serves as troubleshooter on all technical equipment problems for hearings, Senate proceedings and in the television and recording studio; locates source of the problem or breakdown; makes repairs or modifications as quickly as possible. Provides operational engineering support for Senate proceedings and other productions. Implements all phases of equipment and system installations; plans, modifies new and existing equipment systems; fabricates custom mounting and special needs devices. Troubleshooting PCs and network communication issues. Configuring servers, software, and network VLANS. Managing trouble tickets with IT technical support. Identifies improvements in equipment, operation and system design. Establishes fiber optic, analog and digital video and audio paths for video, audio, intercom and video returns; checks quality of signals; verifies equipment operation and signal levels. Installs, configures and maintains robotics systems for operators to store and recall camera shots. Configures software-based equipment such as the Senate floor and hearing audio systems, in-house routing system, PC and server based systems and telephone interface devices. Researches systems and items for purchase and maintains equipment inventory. Participates in Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning, including exercises, drills and training.

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires an Associate’s Degree in electrical engineering or a related field; and three to five years of technical experience in system maintenance and repair; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills: 

  • Knowledge of the operational and maintenance characteristics of television and audio recording equipment.
  • Knowledge of electronic engineering procedures as applied to television, radio and networked audio equipment.
  • Experience with IP network configuration, Windows and Linux operating systems, and IP video encoding and streaming.
  • Skill in the setup, operation, and maintenance of broadcast quality television and radio systems.
  • Ability to read and create engineering drawings and documentation, develop action plans for equipment installation, and instruct production staff in equipment operation.
  • Ability to repair and install equipment, and troubleshoot and diagnose system problems.
  • Ability to maintain inventory database and repair records for equipment.
  • Ability to operate a full range of broadcast television test equipment, meters, analyzers and related devices.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to deal with others, using tact and diplomacy.

Licenses, Certification and Other Requirements
A driver’s license may be required. For education requirements please see Minimum Qualifications.

Conditions of Employment
To be employed by a Senate employing office in a paid position in the continental United States an individual must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen;
2. Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
3. Be (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
4. Owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).

Employment is contingent on background / security investigation results.  


The SAA provides a highly competitive benefits package for all SAA staff. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide employees with student loan reimbursement, professional development, transportation subsidy, TSP/retirement savings, access to our Employee Assistance Program, and more! For more information regarding SAA’s benefits, please visit .


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the SAA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAA and need special assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please submit your request to email with “Accommodation” in the subject line.


If you are identifying as veterans' preference eligible under the VEOA, please use this link  []to complete your application for Veterans' Preference AFTER you apply for this position. The link will also be available on the "Thank You" page after you have submitted your job application.

Candidates only need to apply one time for veterans’ preference to be considered for all future veterans’ preference positions within the Senate Sergeant at Arms. 

  • All supporting documents must ONLY be provided within the Veterans’ Preference Application and within the stated deadline of the job announcement.
  • Late applications for veterans’ preference will not be considered.
  • Documentation to obtain veterans’ preference will not be considered if attached to the job application.
  • If you need to revise or resubmit your Application for Veterans' Preference/documents, please withdraw your previous Application for Veterans' Preference and resubmit. If you require assistance, please email
  • To view additional information regarding the VEOA, please click here [].

An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for veterans’ preference.

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