Station Chief Engineer at The E.W. Scripps Company

Posted in General Business 6 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

Primary Purpose

Responsible for the leadership and management of all day-to-day technical, operational and administrative requirements of one of the Scripps Networks Station Group locations. Manage and maintain all broadcast equipment and systems used in the daily operation of the station as well as any ancillary systems used in the support and troubleshooting of technical issues as they arise.

What You Will Do

  • Manage and maintain all broadcast equipment/systems responsible for daily on-air operation of the station; Use of RF engineering knowledge to maintain and repair all technical equipment in studio and transmitter facilities, satellite downlink/uplink, and microwave transmission systems

  • Manage and maintain all ancillary systems responsible for supporting the on-air operation, such as HVAC, networking, electrical, and mechanical.

  • Exercise knowledge of FCC rules and regulations to protect the entity’s license.

  • Proactively engage with necessary third parties to resolve technical issues in an expedited manner as they arise.

  • Carry-out troubleshooting as needed or escalate to Engineering Support for further diagnosis.

  • Implement new engineering projects as directed by Regional engineering manager, Station Monitoring, or Engineering Support. Manage project(s) and report status to Regional engineering manager as needed.

  • 24/7 on-call availability to ensure continuous operation of the station.

  • May be responsible for certain administrative duties related to business and operation transactions.

  • Work closely with the Station Engineer/Technician in developing their knowledge and understanding of the various needs of the station as effective back-up support staff.

  • Coordinate and oversee training program for Station Technicians and Engineers.

  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Will Bring

Education & Experience/Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electrical or Electronic) or a related field preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in broadcast station operations or engineering

  • Broadcast Engineering Certification, i.e. FCC license, Society of Broadcast Engineer (SBE) certification is a plus

Skills & Abilities

  • High proficiency with computers to include Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

  • Strong time management skills in meeting deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.

  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the region on an as-needed basis.

  • Must have a strong understanding of applicable electrical, computer networking, mechanical, structural, and civil engineering methods.

Work Environment

  • Must be physically able to bend, lift and, carry up to a maximum of 35lbs., as well as climb on step-stools, ladders, and other necessary equipment.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

At Scripps, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that reflects the communities we serve. We are intentional about creating an environment where employees, our audiences and other stakeholders feel valued and inspired to reach their full potential and make authentic connections. We foster a workplace culture that embraces each person’s diversity, including the extent to which they are similar or different. Scripps leaders believe that an equitable and inclusive culture is not only the right thing to do, it is a business imperative. Read more about our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion at


The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.