Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure television, radio and online programmes are broadcast at the right times and are high quality.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a broadcast engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • an in-house training scheme


You'll need a degree to apply for a graduate training schemes. Useful subjects include:

  • broadcast engineering
  • broadcast technology
  • electronics
  • physics
  • computer science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You can get started by doing a degree apprenticeship as a broadcast and media systems engineer.

This apprenticeship is a recognised qualification for Professional Registration with the Engineering Council at either ICT Technician (ICTTech) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) level.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths and science
  • 2 A levels including maths or science

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You could work your way into this role by starting in a job with less responsibility like a runner or an assistant at a TV station, and later apply for a place on an in-house engineering training scheme.

Volunteering and experience

You'll find it useful to get practical experience using broadcast technology equipment, as competition for places on training schemes is strong. You could get this through:

  • student film and TV productions
  • community or hospital radio
  • a placement with a broadcaster

Other routes

You can start on an in-house engineering training scheme like the BBC's degree apprenticeship.

You can apply for the BBC Broadcast Engineering Graduate Scheme, if you have an honours degree (at least an upper class second or equivalent) in  electronics, physics, maths, computer science or a closely related subject.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the media industry from ScreenSkills and ITV Careers and Sky.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties could include:

  • setting up studio equipment for transmission and editing
  • designing and setting up audio and video circuits
  • installing multimedia hardware, software and other digital broadcast technology systems
  • setting up and operating links between studios and OB units
  • editing programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • testing and servicing equipment
  • finding and repairing technical faults

Working environment

You could work at a tv studio, at a film studio or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management.

You could also work freelance.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a broadcast engineer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

  • Provider: Bradford College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Bradford

Engineering Diploma Level 1 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering pathway

  • Provider: South and City College Birmingham
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Birmingham

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