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KWWL Television, Inc. is looking for a motivated individual with broadcast experience to join our team as Chief Engineer. 

The successful candidate will maintain the technical integrity of the station's broadcast and computer equipment. You will be responsible for overseeing repair and maintaining equipment both at the television station, transmitter, and in the field, including cameras, recording equipment, video servers, switchers, routers, satellite equipment, etc. 

The job requires strong IT and RF skills with the ability to troubleshoot, and problem solve. Live location ENG and production experience is preferred, but the team at KWWL will also train the right motivated candidate the skills needed to succeed. 


  • Supervise day-to-day operation of all master control operators and maintenance engineers.
  • Coordinate and staff all technical aspects of remote broadcasts and productions.
  • Oversee all maintenance and repairs on all technical, broadcast, and computer gear.
  • Develop recommendations and proposals for the implementation of new equipment and/or changes in procedure or applications of existing equipment.
  • Purchase all technical equipment and parts.
  • Oversee maintenance and operations of the physical plant including, but not limited to, heating, air conditioning, water, sewer, grounds, parking, roofing, and janitorial.
  • Ensure broadcast operations meet all FCC/FAA requirements.
  • Maintain logs; keep up-to-date maintenance records, reports, observations, and inspections.
  • Maintain and create documentation for station equipment and infrastructure.
  • Ensure plant and grounds are maintained, modified, and used in accordance with local fire, building, OSHA, City of Waterloo, State of Iowa, and federal regulations.
  • Schedule shifts for all technical maintenance, IT, and building/grounds maintenance personnel.
  • Act as consultant to the General Manager on technical budget and monitor expenses accordingly.
  • Represent the station at seminars and other events involving broadcast engineering, television, or other forms of data/information technology.
  • Process invoices for all operational and technical supplies, utilities, and service providers.


  • Electrical engineering degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Minimum three years relevant experience in a broadcast facility.
  • Management training or experience is desirable.
  • Must possess physical ability to lift more than 50 lbs., climb ladders, and work in cramped quarters.    
  • Must be capable of traversing rugged terrain at dish site and transmitter site for required maintenance work.
  • Physical ability to personally inspect tower site from the ground.
  • General Class FCC license, SBE, CET, and other broadcast/facility maintenance certifications are desirable.
  • Thorough knowledge of a typical broadcast television signal path, from studio cameras to transmission antenna.
  • Capable of analyzing and correcting technical problems.
  • Ability to communicate with department heads while supervising technical problems.
  • Speech and hearing abilities that allow for clear communication with department heads and technical personnel (verbally and in writing).
  • Must be able to read/respond to written safety messages, warning signs, and instructional manuals and ability to distinguish/maintain color constancy.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with vendors and manufacturer’s and service provider’s technical support.
  • Must be able to operate essential office equipment, including copiers/scanners, personal communications devices, image display devices, etc.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Must maintain a cellular phone to be used for business communications.

KWWL is proud to be an Allen Media Broadcasting Station. 

If you'd like to be part of our award-winning team, send your resume to: 

John Huff, Vice President/General Manager

KWWL Televeision, Inc.

511 E 5th Street

Waterloo, IA 50703

KWWL Television, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer