Maintenance Engineer #2 (CMU)

Required Qualifications

Education equivalent to 2 years of broadcast-related maintenance and repair training at the college or trade school level.
At least 3 years of regular broadcast repair experience.
Possession of a valid general class FCC Radiotelephone Operator’s License, valid SBE Certification, or equivalent knowledge and/or experience required.
Possession of a valid Michigan Driver’s License
Considerable travel and weekend work required.
Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in both Radio and Television Broadcast Systems, Electrical Power Distribution Systems, Air Conditioning Systems, Fiber Optics, Remote Control Systems, IT Network Infrastructure, and Plumbing Systems typically deployed for transmission equipment cooling.
Demonstrated ability to apply technical knowledge to the maintenance and repair of the current state of the art broadcast equipment, both analog and digital, at the component level.
Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, visitors, and work associates.
Hands-on proficiency at the operational and support levels for all types of IP based broadcast systems.
Ability to design, install, and perform the necessary maintenance on, digital, analog, audio, video, RF, network systems and data technologies with extremely strong troubleshooting skills.
Strong computer and networking skills with a good understanding of various and current operating systems, networking, and software applications.
Proficiency in basic computer AutoCAD or an equivalent drafting and print workup software package.
Familiarity with applicable SMPTEIEEEATSC and ITU standards and the standards bodies’ processes.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible for maintaining and providing a high degree of proficiency in the maintenance of digital television plus analog and digital radio transmission systems, networking equipment, digital video and audio systems, computers, STL and TSL systems, plus uplink & downlink satellite systems.
Responsible for maintaining a high degree of proficiency in the operation of television and radio broadcast equipment within parameters rigidly established by the FCC and FAA.
Considerable travel plus weekend and night work will be required.
Evaluates systems in place to ensure their correct performance in supplying RF broadcast of multicast television plus analog and HD radio broadcast.
Provides firmware upgrades, software updates, and repairs to various RF systems; this includes such equipment as computers, managed Ethernet switches, HD radio and television transmitters, generators, ATS switches, UPS systems, and various test and monitoring equipment items.
Works with other departments, supervisors, and equipment vendors to solve broadcast issues and/or problems with CMU’s various interconnected systems.
Assists transmission supervisor in maintaining and upgrading software and firmware, video 7 GHz and IP based fiber optic STL’s and TSL’s, plus 950 MHz digital aural STL/TSL systems; this to include the Ethernet links established on them.
Programs and updates remote control systems to ensure FCC compliance with transmitter control.
Assists transmission supervisor in the construction, maintenance, and preventative maintenance activities for all television and radio RF transmission systems within parameters rigidly established by the FCC and FAA.
Travels weekends and nights as required.
Supports CMU audio or video productions plus automation, server, storage, and playback systems.

Supervision Exercised


Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters.

The position will remain open until filled. The university reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified. For best consideration, please submit application materials before Friday, April 17, 2020.

Employee GroupPublic Broadcasting - Hourly
Staff Pay Level3
Pay Range$15.64 - $34.06
DivisionGovernment and External Relations
DepartmentPublic Broadcasting
Position StatusRegular
Position End Date
Employment StatusFull-Time
Position Type12 month
Weekly Work ScheduleM-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; evenings and weekends as required.
LocationMount Pleasant, MI
About the Department

WCMU Public Media is a network of 8 FM Radio stations (Music & NPR News) and 4 TV stations (PBS). We cover Central and Northern Michigan to the Eastern UP. We are an auxiliary unit of Central Michigan University.

About CMU

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science, and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

EEO Statement

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Posting Begins03/23/2020
Posting Ends
Open Until FilledYes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn of this vacancy?
    • CMU Website
    • Other website
    • Newspaper
    • Word of Mouth
  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have an education equivalent to at least 2 years of broadcast-related maintenance and repair training at the college or trade school level?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least 3 years of regular broadcast repair experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you possess a valid general class FCC Radiotelephone Operator's License, valid SBE Certification or equivalent knowledge and/or experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you possess a valid Michigan driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have the ability to travel and work evenings and weekends when needed?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Recommendation Letters