Los Angeles Community College District

Television/Cinema Engineer (#4605)

$50.73-$50.73 hourly / $8,793.26-$8,793.26 monthly / $105,519.12-$105,519.12 annual


Designs, installs, operates, maintains, repairs, and modifies all types of specialized equipment in a High Definition (HD) digital television studio, motion picture sound stage, post-production facility, viewing rooms, and all other Cinema/TV production.

Typical Duties

Designs, operates, installs, maintains, and/or repairs a wide variety of digital and analog equipment used in a High Definition (HD) digital TV studio, motion picture sound stage, and post-production facility, such as digital cameras, video production switchers, digital time-base delays, solid state storage devices, sync generators, character generators; network servers, on-demand systems, switches, routers, studio and remote camera and control units; studio and field lighting, including power distribution, dimming, rigging and instruments; video projectors, computers, and other related equipment.

Uses test equipment such as digital oscilloscopes/digital vectorscopes, digital volt/ohm meters, signal generators, and digital waveform monitors to detect digital and analog equipment malfunctions and ensure the proper and safe operation of equipment.

Demonstrates and assists instructors and students with the proper and safe set-up and operation of digital and analog equipment used in production and post-production.

Evaluates options and recommends the purchase of technical equipment.

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

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

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

Maintains digital cinema acquisition (cameras), storage, editing, playback and monitoring systems.

Maintains an inventory of repair parts and supplies.

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

May provide training to faculty and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Television/Cinema 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 a High Definition (HD) television studio, motion picture sound stage, post-production facility, viewing rooms, and all other Cinema/TV production.

A Sound Engineer operates complex sound and recording equipment and software as used by professionals in the motion picture and recording industries (equipment not usually seen in college audio-visual departments); makes acoustic and electronic tests on sound equipment and performs mechanical and/or electronic repairs when indicated; uses motion picture sound synchronizing equipment for creating and editing soundtracks; and demonstrates for instructors and students the proper and safe operation of various audio recording and mixing equipment and accessories.


General supervision is received from a classified or academic supervisor. Work direction may be provided to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles of electricity (AC and DC), electronics, sound, optics, physics, semiconductors, magnetics, and electromagnetic propagation

Advanced electronic principles such as A/D and D/A conversion, standard and high definition conversion, and digital computers

Design, installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of analog and digital equipment used in High Definition (HD) television and motion picture studios

Troubleshooting techniques used in detecting malfunctions of television and motion picture production and post-production equipment

Television and motion picture test equipment

Networking principles, protocols, and infrastructure, including wiring principles, file structure, IP assignments, switches, routers, FTP, and general security

Safety precautions, practices, and procedures related to electronic equipment

Basic operations of computer equipment

Recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Design, operate, repair, and adjust analog and digital electronic equipment used in High Definition (HD) television studios, motion picture sound stages, and post-production facilities

Use TV and motion picture test equipment

Read and understand schematic and wiring diagrams

Work effectively and cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators

Keep accurate records

Learn the characteristics of new types or models of electronic equipment

Learn general and specialized computer equipment

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.


Two years of full-time, paid technical engineering work in a High Definition (HD) television studio or motion picture production environment. The experience must have included responsibility for maintenance of all equipment typically found in a television broadcasting or motion picture production facility.

Two additional years of the above-stated experience may substitute for the forty-five semester units or 700 hours of formal training in electronics educational requirement.


An FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License or a Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE) certification issued by the 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: 4605; EST: ; REV: 5/22/2019;