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Your job is to Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
Common job titles of Technical Directors and Managers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
92.07% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
4.17% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Collaborate with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.
Set up and execute video transitions and special effects, such as fades, dissolves, cuts, keys, and supers, using computers to manipulate pictures as necessary.
Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
Test equipment to ensure proper operation.
Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.
Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.
Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
Direct technical aspects of newscasts and other productions, checking and switching between video sources and taking responsibility for the on-air product, including camera shots and graphics.
Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.
Operate equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.
Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.
Studio lightingAll Tools
Non-linear editing systems
Master control switchers
Linear editing systems
Digital video effects units
Digital video cameras
Digital editing systems
Camera control units
Analog editing systems
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization
Microsoft ExcelAll Technologies
Microsoft SQL Server
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Structured query language SQL
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
Adobe Systems Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)
Apple Final Cut Pro
Avid Technology Media Composer
Avid Technology Pro Tools
Character generator software
Side Effects Houdini
Social media sites
Software development tools
The Associated Press ENPS
Unity Technologies Unity
Word processing software
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Teaching others how to do something.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
See details at a distance.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Far Vision
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.