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Video Engineer

Overview: Video engineers monitor and control video consoles to regulate the broadcasting of television scenes. They observe multiple scenes on TV screens to decide when to switch from one studio to another. They control the transmission contrast, brilliance and overall quality.
Duties: They control transmission of TV scenes based on perceptions and observations of contract, brilliance, color balance and fidelity of image being transmitted.

They control scenes to be televised when multiple studios are being used. They fade in and fade out scenes as specified by the script and the TV program director.

They monitor video transmission consoles to detect and diagnose transmission problems. Signal performers and program director to indicate problem type.

They switch TV transmission to alternative materials such as video-taped commercials or to an announcer when live transmissions encounter technical problems.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
A.A.S. Music Production 
Job Outlook: Employment of video engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. New workers will be needed to install, maintain, and repair equipment. Best opportunities will be in small cities and towns.
Starting Salary: Salaries are higher in larger TV stations and vary depending upon the city.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree in broadcasting or video technology from a technical institute or community college is the usual preparation for this field. Certification by the Society of Broadcasting by passing a written examination is a mark of competance. Internship work in TV is important.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.