Broadcast Engineering

12/11/2014 Career

The term �Broadcast Engineering� can be defined as regulation of equipments for signal strength, clarity, and range of sounds and colors in radio and television broadcasting. It is one of the parts of electrical engineering, computer engineering, information technology, and audio engineering. A broadcasting technician works for the entire chain in broadcasting, that is, right from the studio end to the transmitter end. As a broadcast technician, one should have knowledge of the latest technologies, such as DTV, NTSC, and digital audio broadcasting. Besides that, he must be well-informed about broadcast automation systems for the studio, automatic transmission systems for the transmitter plant, maintaining radio towers etc. The work of a broadcast technician is highly in demand in television, since it is an audio-visual media. Nowadays, every radio stations and television channels hire broadcast technicians. While small radio stations recruit one broadcast technician, big stations, on the other hand, hire multiple technicians, with requisite specializations and considerable experience in the particular area. This opens up great career options for students to work as broadcast technicians. Various institutes in India offer academic programs in this field.

Course Details
Many institutes impart courses in broadcast engineering. These courses are offered at diploma and certificate levels. To be eligible for these programs, students must have passed 10+2 examination, from any recognized state/national board.

Career Prospects
In India, the number of television channels and radio stations is increasing day by day. Therefore, seeking a career in broadcast engineering can prove to be very profitable. After completing a course in broadcast engineering, one can work as a broadcast design engineer, broadcast systems engineer, broadcast IT engineer, broadcast network engineer, broadcast maintenance engineer, video broadcast engineer, TV studio broadcast engineer, outside broadcast engineer, or remote broadcast engineer.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
The top institutes that offer courses in broadcasting engineering include:
Broadcast Engineering Society, New Delhi;
Zee Institute of Media Arts, Mumbai;
Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune;
Indian Film & Television Institute, Meerut; and
Wigan and Leigh College India (WLCI) at Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, and Hyderabad.

A broadcast engineering can earn between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month as a trainee or fresher. After obtaining 3-4 years of experience in the field, a broadcast engineer can earn around Rs. 20,000-25,000 per month. A well-experienced engineer can expect a higher pay package, about Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month.

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