Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 2182


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Salary Range 17 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072


The RADIO/TELEVISION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN uses basic knowledge of electronics theory to operate and perform preventative maintenance or routine repairs on less complex radio and television equipment in a department which produces and presents video and audio programs on a college or university campus and for the community.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.

  1. Transmission Equipment Operation. Typical tasks: according to an hourly schedule, adjusts satellite downlink receivers to appropriate polarity for receiving radio and television programs and switches to designated transponders based on a program schedule from clients; according to an hourly schedule switches programs from playback and production sources onto a microwave transmitter or cable modulator; prior to going on the air insures that the broadcast radio transmitter is turned on and functioning to specifications, makes frequency and modulation checks of the transmission, and calibrates and adjusts equipment as necessary; operates all formats of video and audio tape recorders for playback and program duplications; insures that the program video and audio levels are adjusted correctly prior to and during the transmission; maintain radio broadcast log according to Federal regulations (FCC) and make calibrations to the transmitter as needed; may train and direct student employees in the setup and operation of equipment (e.g., videotape recorder/player operations, switches, camera units etc.).
  2. Production Equipment Operation. Typical tasks: as directed by the television producer/director may assist in production by lighting the studio or remote production sets by placing lights in the correct locations and setting light intensity; setting the stage for production; operating a video camera in the studio or at remote locations; operating the audio board, tape recorders, and other related audio equipment; adjusting the video and audio to the right levels; serving as studio floor director during productions; assisting during rehearsals; and participating in setting up and operation of television equipment for remote broadcasts.
  3. Equipment Maintenance. Typical tasks: performs scheduled preventive maintenance and routine maintenance and repair on less complex equipment such as: audio equipment and recorders, video equipment and recorders, TV monitors, and projectors; maintains inventory of spare and replacement parts for equipment.
  4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: serves as videotape librarian; coordinates TV programming with scheduled playbacks; assists TV producer/director with editing on video tape recorder machine; may call vendors to order parts needed to repair equipment; may assist higher level technicians in design of radio or television systems and modification of equipment; may instruct staff regarding the technical operation of equipment.


Employees in this class have regular in-person and telephone contact with faculty, staff, students, and staff at other agencies to set up and schedule recordings, playbacks, and dubbings. Employees have occasional contact with vendors to order parts and request information.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from a higher level technician or administrative supervisor who makes work assignments and reviews work at weekly meetings or as needed in emergency situations. Informal discussions concerning work procedures occur on a daily basis. Work performed must comply with FCC regulations, Federal copy right laws, and internal operating procedures.


Positions are located in departments which produce and present video and audio programs on college and university campuses throughout the State of Oregon. They require the willingness to lift heavy objects for short periods of time. They require the willingness to travel to remote field locations during production.


  • Two years of television and/or radio continuity, traffic, or operations experience; OR  
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.