What they do
Broadcasting technicians work with equipment used for the transmission and reception of television and radio broadcasts, and other related communication systems. They set up, install, maintain and repair broadcasting equipment, which may include analogue and digital coding devices, text services, or the technologies associated with audio and visual recording. Broadcasting technicians are involved in pre-recorded productions, such as the filming and recording of a television drama series, and also various live broadcasts, from sporting and musical events to news programs and forums.
These technicians work indoors in TV, radio, emergency service communications or recording studios, but also outdoors on location. When outdoors, broadcasting technicians may have to work in inclement weather, and at other times conditions might be crowded and cramped, or locations may be very isolated. They may also need to work away from their family or home for extended periods of time, for example if working on the production of a feature film in one of the State's many picturesque regional locations. Hours can also be highly irregular, with some broadcasts being produced late at night or very early in the morning.
Tools and technologies
Broadcasting technicians need to keep up to date with advances in audio and visual technologies, such as the current trend seeing digital and satellite-based operations replacing traditional analogue systems. Specific equipment these workers might use include antennas, cables and wires, transistors, circuit boards, transformers, mixing desks, microphones and other recording devices, cameras and remote controls.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a broadcast transmitter operator you usually need to gain a qualification in broadcast technology.
There are no courses in broadcast technology available in Western Australia. You can complete a Certificate III in Broadcast Technology at registered training organisations interstate.
Search on the My Skills website to find an interstate registered provider.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
Required registration and licensing