Senior Field Engineer
Hong Kong, Central and Western District

Req ID : 181638

What part will you play?

The Senior Broadcast Field Engineer provides timely and professional engineering support for CNN's newsgathering and production operations, in a deadline-led news environment, for broadcasting and editorial clients who expect high standards of performance and productivity.

Field engineers are often the only formally qualified technicians working on a location. Their communications abilities, self-confidence and engineering skills must therefore be of a high standard.

The Senior Broadcast Field Engineer can build, direct and lead an installation of a site in varying environments and will give guidance to other Engineers & team members.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide timely and professional engineering support for CNN's Field-based newsgathering and production operations, in a deadline-led news environment, for broadcasting and editorial clients who expect high standards of performance and productivity.
  • TV broadcast systems design & implementation, technical quality control, electronic maintenance, equipment installations and operations;
  • working with all types of equipment required for remote TV broadcasting, at possibly any location worldwide.

  • This Broadcast Engineering professional will be tasked with timely and professional technical support of the 24x7x365 news, and IT / IP / Video / Audio production environment.
  • Individuals must fully demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to set up and operate a satellite news gathering ("SNG") system, perform quality control, and perform minor maintenance and repair (when needed) of all television remote broadcast and / or satellite transmission & receiving equipment.

  • Frequent assignments for work in the field, both in Hong Kong and overseas are expected, and protracted periods of duty are anticipated.
  • Depending on the nature of news assignments these may be made at short notice, sometimes to hostile locations, and can be physically demanding.
  • Field engineers are capable of, and committed to, meeting these demands.

  • When not deployed on a field assignment, Field Engineers work at the engineering office / workshop located at the Hong Kong production centre.
  • From there, they provide technical, maintenance and logistical support for the technical resources of the department, HK facility and the regional overseas bureaus.

  • This position will liaise closely with the Hong Kong bureau staff and CNN engineering teams, across all areas of common interest and purpose.
  • Wider communications with many other CNN departments, our vendors and overseas bureaus are also required in relation to news assignments, equipment issues and planning.

    What do we need from you?

  • A creative ability to overcome system and equipment level problems and quickly find workaround solutions is vital.
  • Prior experience in a TV / OB Broadcast maintenance, or operations engineering environment.
  • Good team player with excellent personal communication skills
  • Experience of training and mentoring more junior staff.
  • Appreciation of studio and / or ENG production techniques, terrestrial and satellite communications systems, computers and data networks
  • In depth knowledge of TV production, editing, transmission, and comms equipment and its applications
  • Understanding of technical jargon, schematic circuit and systems diagrams, and all-round engineering skills
  • Competence and confidence in the use of specialised test equipment for undertaking electrical / electronic troubleshooting, diagnostics and maintenance work
  • Some knowledge and experience of the configuration and alignment of complex equipment and systems
  • Creative ability to overcome system and equipment level problems quickly finding workaround solutions
  • Ability, willingness and capability to travel extensively on regional and international remote assignments, at short notice and for potentially indeterminate periods is vital
  • Practical ability to fabricate basic supportive items on site or in base and work with various materials by hand to achieve this e.
  • g. cables, wood, metal and plastics

  • Must be computer literate, with experience in data networks, software and peripherals
  • Ability to stay calm and self-motivated whilst working under pressure and in possibly hostile environments
  • A level (or equivalent) supporting a higher diploma or pass degree in Electronics and / or Communications engineering (or closely related engineering field).
  • Vocational qualifications in electronics and / or communications engineering (or a closely related engineering field) or equivalent experience. Desirable

  • Previous news organisation experience
  • Experience from other relevant professions e.g. electrical engineering, metalwork, carpentry, vehicle maintenance, A / V Installation, IT support, photography, sound engineering, cine production, equipment hire, telecoms, military signals, avionics, and airfreight / shipping
  • Valid driving license with van driving ability and experience of driving overseas
  • Languages competency and experience living and working overseas.
  • First Aid and health and safety training / experience
  • Willingness to work in hazardous environments / war zones
  • Newsroom computer and server systems experience.
  • Manufacturers training courses are highly desirable, Eg. BBC technical training courses, Sony Broadcast maintenance training, Cisco Network engineering, Adobe Creative Cloud, Evertz etc and in-house training.
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