WCAV/WVAW, the CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates in Charlottesville, Virginia is looking for a Chief Engineer. The Chief Engineer is responsible for technical management of full and low power stations, including managing the engineering staff and full compliance for FCC and FAA rules and regulations. WCAV broadcasts nearly 50 hours of local news, weather and sports from a new, state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Central Virginia. Charlottesville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city is set against the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the University of Virginia gives the area a youthful and cosmopolitan feel.

  •         Assist in project management and operations.
  •         Overall responsibility for electronic equipment maintenance at studios and transmitter facilities.
  •         Supervise and coordinate maintenance and installation of all broadcast and computer equipment. Coordinate maintenance and installation projects.
  •         Overall responsibility for the FCC technical compliance of the broadcast stations and includes FCC authorization for all transmitters.
  •         Responsible for FAA compliance and maintenance of our broadcast towers.
  •         Responsible for engineering operating and capital budgets. Approve and submit departmental purchase orders for repair parts, equipment acquisitions and contractor repairs. Review monthly invoices for utilities, telco, fiber, and broadband.
  •         Responsible for design, planning, and purchase of capital equipment acquisitions. Plan and supervise installation and maintenance of electronic broadcast equipment including computer systems, microwave, satellite, video, audio, and RF transmission equipment.
  •         Responsible for building and grounds maintenance at the main studio and all transmission facilities. Includes maintenance of heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical and structural systems.
  •         Maintain and update documentation drawings of all studio and transmission facilities.
  •         Maintain technical relationships with numerous cable and satellite delivery systems within the DMA. Provide diagnostic services to identify technical signal delivery issues between transmission facilities and cable delivery systems. Provide signal path profile and analysis for cable system off-air pickups.
  •         Responsible for fixed asset inventory at studio and transmission sites. Perform annual inventory reviews for asset disposals and transfers between facilities. Review County Personal Property Tax lists.
  •         Support and assist all other departments’ technical needs to ensure departmental and station goals are achieved.
  •         Assist viewers with off-air or cable signal reception issues. Diagnose problem and recommend solution.
  •         Recruit, train, and mentor Engineering staff and encourage innovation and continuing education.
  •         Available for on-call emergencies.

Requirements and Skills:

  •         Extensive knowledge of all broadcast systems and FCC regulations.
  •         Minimum of ten years of experience maintaining broadcast RF transmission systems.
  •         Minimum one-year prior experience in broadcast operations.
  •         Two-year trade or technical school or associate degree in the specialized study of electronics theory and maintenance of electronics-based systems.
  •         Competency in safely working with high AC, DC, and RF voltages in transmission equipment.
  •         General knowledge and experience with mechanical equipment.
  •         General knowledge and experience with IT, computer networking, and telephone systems.

Physical Requirements:

Good eyesight and hearing, ability to walk upstairs and sometimes long distances, ability to lift equipment that may exceed 50 pounds, ability to sit for a long period of time, ability to handle often stressful situations under deadline, good manual and overall physical dexterity.

WCAV and Lockwood Broadcast Group provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  Pre-employment drug test is required along with a background screen as allowed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Please email your resume to Bob Pectelidis, Director of Corporate Engineering – [email protected]