Transmitter Operator

Operate and maintain radio transmitter to broadcast radio programs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Transmitter Operators do?

Operates and maintains radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs: Moves switches to cut in power to units and stages of transmitter. Monitors lights on console panel to ascertain that components are operative and that transmitter is ready to emit signal. Turns controls to set transmitter on FM, AM, or TV frequency assigned by Federal Communications Commission. Monitors signal emission and spurious radiations outside of licensed transmission frequency to ensure signal is not infringing on frequencies assigned other stations. Notifies broadcast studio when ready to transmit. Observes indicators and adjusts controls to maintain constant sound modulation and ensure that transmitted signal is sharp and clear. Maintains log of programs transmitted as required by Federal Communications Commission. Tests components of malfunctioning transmitter to diagnose trouble, using test equipment, such as oscilloscope, voltmeters, and ammeters. Disassembles and repairs equipment, using handtools [RADIO MECHANIC 823.261-018]. May converse with studio personnel to determine cause of equipment failure and to solve problem. May operate microwave transmitter and receiver to receive or send programs to or from other broadcast stations. Must possess license issued by Federal Communications Commission.


Should I be a Transmitter Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Transmission Operator, Transmitter Engineer, Transmitter Supervisor

    How to become a Transmitter Operator

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