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MPT Transmitter Maintenance Engineer

Recruitment #20-007033-0001


Maryland Public Television is a leader in the production of broadcast programming for public television. MPT's local/regional television credits include public affairs, original performance, entertainment, and documentary programs for the citizens of Maryland. Beyond broadcast, MPT creates instructional videos, develops training, and builds Internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students, teachers, and child-care providers annually. MPT outreach activities, especially relating to arts, culture, and history, take place in all areas of the state to further fulfill MPT's mission to engage, enlighten, and entertain.

This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Maryland Public Television

11668 National Pike

Clear Spring, Maryland 21722

Main Purpose of Job

To support the Transmitter Site Supervisor in the proper operation, maintenance, and repair of all equipment located at the WWPB and WGPT transmitter sites and related microwave sites, including: high power UHF DTV transmitters and ancillary equipment; microwave and fiber-optic distribution equipment; HVAC systems; generators; and CCTV systems.

Note: The individual hired for this position will be required to carry a cell phone and respond to emergency calls in a timely manner.


  • Repair, calibrate, and optimize equipment needed for daily "on-air" operations by using standard test methods, procedures, and good engineering practices in order to maintain or restore equipment to service with minimum down-time.
  • Read schematics, troubleshoot, and repair circuit boards down to a component level.
  • Install, test, and adjust new broadcast equipment systems consisting of multiple component parts and interconnected wiring within equipment racks.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and cleaning of the transmitter facility and equipment to ensure that all operations are in compliance with MPT and FCC rules and regulations.
  • Configure and troubleshoot IT network infrastructures, servers, and their various operating systems.
  • Communicate with contractors, vendors, tower tenants, equipment manufacturers, state agency employees, and MPT employees.  
  • Assist in janitorial and grounds keeping duties when needed.


Education: Associate’s Degree in Electronics or Computer Science or an equivalent combination of related course work and experience.

Experience: Two years maintaining technical equipment in a television broadcast environment or related field.   

Note: Experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education only.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License or Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) certification preferred.

Note: If you do not possess an FCC license or SBE certification, you must obtain SBE-CBT/TV or greater within the first 12 months of employment.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


The incumbent must maintain 24/7 on-call status availability and may be required to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Work may occur outdoors in unfavorable weather conditions.

The applicant must be able to lift equipment up to, but no more than, 50 lbs. and install equipment in 7 foot racks. Lifting, removing, and installing water pumps in excess of 50 lbs. may also be required.

The incumbent should have the ability to climb ladders to work on transmission line, lighting, and building rooftop equipment.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to submit your application online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via email to by the closing date and time. The MD State Application Form can be found online.

Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Paper applications, required documents, and any addenda may be mailed or faxed (410-581-4382) by the closing date and time to:

Maryland Public Television - HR

11767 Owings Mills Blvd.

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet both the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of MPT that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the state’s diversity. We thank our veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.