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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Transmitter Engineer in Johnston, Iowa

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Transmitter Engineer


$45,635.20 - $67,100.80 Annually


Johnston - 50131 - Polk County, IA

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285 Iowa PBS

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6/30/2023 11:59 PM Central

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Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa PBS. Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

The position is open until filled, but initial review of applications will begin no later than May 12, 2023.


Iowa PBS is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. Approximately 100 full and part-time employees work at Iowa PBS serving our audiences with local programs, broadcast services, and education and outreach initiatives that contribute to our mission. Our organization is made strong by highly-qualified, diverse and talented staff members who are vital to Iowa PBS's future. Working at Iowa PBS will provide you the opportunity for robust career development. We consider the employees at Iowa PBS to be our most valuable resource.


Performs/oversees duties required in operating, diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining facilities/electronic equipment for Iowa PBS at network transmitter/translator sites with specialization in audio, video, digital, remote control, and computer-based engineering relating to electrical/pneumatic controls, polyphase motors, etc., operation, diagnosis, and repair of building mechanicals (e.g., HVAC, plumbing, electrical/pneumatic controls, polyphase motors, etc.); performs related work as required.

Core Responsibilities

• Operate, diagnose and make minor repairs and adjustments to transmitter and ancillary electronic and electrical equipment associated with the production and broadcasting of educational radio/television programs. Assists Transmitter Engineer Senior and Transmitter Engineer Advanced personnel on more complex equipment issues, site installations, diagnoses and repairs.

• Verify day-to-day compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations applicable to transmitter/translator facilities; maintains required records for the FCC and FAA.

• Maintain historical Iowa PBS records as they pertain to equipment and transmission site operations and repairs. This includes transmitters, tower inspections, tower lights, emergency power generators, etc...

• Diagnose and perform minor repairs to building mechanicals (e.g., HVAC, plumbing, transmitter cooling system, electrical and pneumatic controls, polyphase motors, etc.). Coordinates schedules and verify work of service providers at transmitter/translator sites.

• Maintain inventory and request purchases of spare parts/supplies for operation of transmitter/translator facilities.

• Responsible for the upkeep of building infrastructure and grounds at assigned transmission facilities.

• Oversee activity of tower crews, other contractors and tenants as required.

• Operate and coordinate maintenance and repair of state-assigned vehicle.

Essential Functions

• Operate diagnose and make minor adjustments and repairs to high powered UHF and VHF television transmitters.

• Operate, diagnose and make minor adjustments and repairs to low powered UHF television translators.

• Install and integrate new equipment at transmitter and translator sites associated with the production and broadcasting of educational radio/television equipment.

• Maintain ancillary systems associated with television transmitter and translator sites including heating, cooling, plumbing and security.

• Correctly operate basic electric and electronic test and measurement devices to ensure compliance with FCC and FAA rules and regulations as related to the operation of television broadcast transmitters and their facilities.

• Ability to travel state-wide on a regular basis as needed for routine transmitter site maintenance and unexpected transmitter/transmitter site issues.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited two-year college or technical school with an associate's degree in electronic technology or closely related field;


possession of a certificate in electronic technology, or closely related field, from a recognized technical, military, business, area school, junior college, or university, and one year of full-time experience operating, maintaining, or repairing complex electronic equipment in a radio or television transmitter/translator facility or network studio;


an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of the required experience (30 semester hours or one year) for each year of the required education.

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Additional Qualification Requirements

Must possess a valid driver's license.

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6450 Corporate Dr

PO Box 6450

Johnston, Iowa, 50131



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