Provides picture and sound coverage of an event.
Multi-skilled Broadcast Engineer working on location.
Skills and knowledge required for this occupation cover work in Cameras, Vision, Sound, Media Management, Lighting, Radio Transmission Systems and Networking Technologies.
Once competent to this standard, opportunities can lead to further specialism in the individual craft or engineering disciplines listed above.
An Outside Broadcast (OB) Engineer works on location to provide picture and sound coverage of an event. Typically this work can include live relays of sporting, music or other cultural events but may also involve recordings of dramas or music captured on location away from a studio. OBs are commissioned to provide content for TV, web, live cinema and corporate events from venues such as sports stadia, theatres, concert halls - or locations with little or no direct facilities to help the production such a farms, factories, historic buildings or churches.
An OB crew may be based in an OB truck - a television studio gallery on wheels equipped with the same facilities needed in a fixed site installation - or they may be required to assemble a production gallery within a venue.
Knowledge of safe working practices, a multi-skilled approach to the job and an enquiring mind that is able to problem-solve are all essential attributes of the OB Engineer. Whilst this is a technical role, there is a high degree of creativity required to work closely with a production team to deliver content right for the target audience and in keeping with the constraints of the location.
Typically 12 - 18 months
Typically, an entrant will have a degree within an engineering or technical media discipline or have a substantial level of experience in a related work area (normally 3 years or more).
Additionally a driving license and the flexibility to work away from home are essential.
Knowledge – It is essential that an OB Engineer has an enquiring mind and a breadth of knowledge to problem solve in challenging environments. This requires understanding;
Skills – A good technical ability, IT competency and aptitude to understand what produces good pictures and sound are core elements of the job role.
Core skills of the OB Engineer:
Behaviours – It is vital that an OB Engineer is a team player, an excellent communicator and is resilient and able to deal with challenging working conditions.
They will also show in their behaviour
Post Graduate Diploma in Outside Broadcasting Engineering.
Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
There will be a full review of this Standard before June 2018, but could happen sooner given the fast- changing technology and practices required within the sector.
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