Los Angeles Community College District

Supervising Television/Cinema Engineer (#3536)

$50.73-$62.85 hourly / $8,793.26-$10,893.30 monthly / $105,519.12-$130,719.60 annual


Plans, organizes, supervises and participates in the work of staff engaged in performing technical work related to the installation, maintenance, service, and proper operation of all equipment, electronic and digital systems associated with a television studio, motion picture sound stage, post-production facility, viewing rooms and all other Cinema/TV production.

Typical Duties

Plans, organizes, supervises, and participates in the work of staff engaged in performing technical work related to the installation, maintenance, service, and adjustment for technically acceptable operation of the following types of equipment used in commercial television (legacy NTSC analog and digital), motion picture sound stage, screening rooms, and post and other production facilities:

Studio cameras, production video switchers, character generators, waveform monitors, studio communications systems, broadcast and film lighting and advanced digital audio recording/ playback systems; industry standard non-linear video digital video editing equipment and network storage systems;

Master control equipment including network servers, on-demand systems, switches, routers, studio and remote camera and control units, rasterizers, picture and waveform monitors, vector displays, character generators, signal generators, broadcast synchronizing generator systems, audio/video distribution systems, distribution and processing amplifiers.

Video recording and playback, including solid state storage devices, tape based systems, and non-linear video editing equipment;

Video field production equipment, including camcorders, double-system sound recording, grip, lighting, and camera support;

Digital cinema acquisition (cameras), storage, editing, playback and monitoring systems;

Studio and field lighting, including power distribution, dimming, rigging and instruments;

Motion picture film (16mm and 35mm Xenon lamp), Video Projectors and other display technologies;

Digital video distribution systems;

Storage Area Networks (SANs) for distributing and sharing digital media.

Supervises and participates in:

Maintenance, service and adjustment of video/audio recording equipment/software;

Maintenance, service, and adjustment of audio recording equipment used in commercial radio broadcast or recording studios such as professional mixing consoles and DAWs, audio recording software, plug-ins, microphones, and a variety of other related equipment;

Maintenance, service and adjustment of motion picture acquisition, editing, playback and monitoring devices; both 8mm and 16mm film and digital:

Digital cinematography and workflows such as tape-based and file-based.

Maintenance, services, alignment, and adjustment of digital intermediate and other post-production workflow.

Maintenance, service, adjustment or professional lighting equipment used in digital cinematography.

Maintaining an inventory of repair parts and supplies.

Design, construction and placement of studio sets props, and lighting.

Activities related to the receipt, storage, and issuance of cinema equipment used in student productions as specified by faculty.

Design, layout, and installation of all new equipment in accordance with faculty specifications.

Installation and maintenance of video/digital cinema projection systems, including projectors and playback devices;

Detecting malfunctions in digital and analog electronic equipment that require the use of test signal generator systems, digital oscilloscopes/, digital vectorscopes, digital volt/ohm meter sand other test equipment.

Trains faculty and other staff in the proper methods of operating complex television and other electronic equipment.

Trains technical staff in troubleshooting, maintenance procedures and techniques used on specialized, complex electronic equipment; advises them on difficult problems.

Evaluates and recommends purchases of new equipment and materials, writes specifications, and assists in its acquisition.

Designs and modifies equipment for increased effectiveness of operation in accordance with faculty specifications.

Establishes and maintains an equipment preventative maintenance program.

Inspects equipment for effects of improper handling and advises the instructional staff of necessary corrective actions.

Acts as a liaison with plant facilities to maintain facilities.

Makes recommendations regarding alteration of facilities.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Supervising Television/Cinema Engineer applies a comprehensive knowledge of the electrical, electronic, digital, electromechanical, optical, and mechanical operating theories and principles of a wide variety of highly complex analog and digital equipment commonly found in commercial television and motion picture facilities by: maintaining, at peak operating efficiency, the equipment of a large communications facility; supervises and trains technical staff assigned to assist in the maintenance of equipment in a communications facility.

A Television/Motion Picture Engineer is responsible for applying a thorough knowledge of electrical, electronic, digital, electromechanical, optical, and mechanical theories and principles to safely and properly design, operate, install, maintain, and repair a wide variety of specialized equipment resources in television, motion picture production and post-production facilities.


General supervision is received from a Department Chair. General supervision is exercised over technical staff assigned to the facility.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles and theories of analog and digital electronic equipment operation

Operating procedures and methods of commercial television systems

Principles and theories of video and audio recording systems

Various video compression methods, transport mediums and digital encoding formats

Optics of television cameras and lenses

Maintenance methods and troubleshooting techniques used in detecting malfunctions and maintaining peak operating efficiency of all television studio, motion picture production and post-production equipment

Audio systems used in television stations and recording studios

Networking principles, protocols, and infrastructure, including wiring principles, file structure, and routers

Electronic test equipment used in television work

Safety practices used in high voltage electronics work

Computer systems and software for audio and video production, editing, and post production

Principles of supervision and training

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Plan and organize the technical work associated with television and motion picture production and post-production

Effectively use complex electronic test equipment

Analyze operating problems and determine source in a malfunctioning system

Diagnose electronic, electromechanical, optical, and mechanical malfunctions in motion picture and television production, record and display equipment

Perform emergency repairs on motion picture and television production, record, and display equipment

Read and use schematic diagrams

Supervise and train technical staff

Work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators

Maintain accurate records

Convert legacy analog production systems for television and motion picture to digital

Plan and execute department-wide infrastructure, such as digital video distribution and shared media systems

Learn general and specialized computer applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND forty-five semester units of college-level courses in electronics or 700 hours of formal training in electronics.


Five years of full-time paid experience in maintaining a wide variety of commercial television and/or motion picture production equipment, two years of which must have been in maintaining commercial, broadcast quality television systems, including cameras, video production switchers, motion picture and digital projectors, video record/playback and electronic editing systems. One year of the required experience must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity. A successfully completed college-level course in supervision or management may substitute for the required one year of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Two years of additional qualifying experience may substitute for the required coursework or training.

Experience with motion picture film production equipment and professional recording equipment is desirable.


A FCC General Radio Telephone Operator license or Society of Broadcast Engineers certification is desirable.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 3536; EST: ; REV: 12/21/2017;