Broadcast System Engineer/Technician – CPAC

The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) is Canada’s window on parliament, politics, and public affairs. As Canada’s only national, bilingual media outlet focused exclusively on politics, we are unique in the Canadian media landscape. We are looking for an experienced Broadcast System Technician or Engineer to join our creative and nimble team.

The Role

CPAC is seeking a customer service focused Broadcast System Technician or Engineer to join our technical operations team. We are looking for an innovative individual who will be responsible for the systems design, integration, and management of broadcast infrastructure and maintenance of our existing facilities.

Based in Ottawa, this is a great opportunity for an individual who is looking to build on their broadcast engineering experience and face new challenges. The chosen individual will possess strong technical skills combined with excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects, and appreciate that working in a small team means the role will be multifaceted.

Primary Responsibilities:

•Design and project manage broadcast video and IT systems from conceptualization through to commissioning and training such as MCR, PCR, ACR, flight pack, and IT systems.
•Installation, administration, troubleshooting and maintenance of video, audio, and control infrastructure including all areas of production, studio, field operation, RF, satellite antenna system, broadcast automation, etc.
•Create and maintain detailed documentation related to broadcast and IT system design, specifications, drawings (AutoCAD), service records, operations manuals, etc.
•Hands on management and implementation of broadcast engineering projects from start to finish including conceptualization, specifications, planning, procurement, execution, monitoring, and closure.
•Monitors the performance of systems; maintains system configuration history of changes, troubleshoots and participates in repairing systems problems and failures, participates in leading or leads the maintenance of systems, installs software patches, updates etc., to resolve and avoid service problems, and troubleshoots system problems as they relate to these services.
•Responds to system outages, malfunctions, and related technical problems, and conducts diagnostic testing, repair, and replacement activities necessary to solve routine, specialized, and complex problems.
•Foster collaboration with production team members to best understand their use case for equipment and develop solutions with our production and operation teams to curate and implement needed changes.
•Maintain up to date operational procedures to support daily operations and emergency recovery scenarios.
•Support and consult on facility infrastructure requirements including electrical (UPS, generator, PDUs), mechanical (HVAC, conduit, fire suppression systems), lighting, and leasehold projects.

Qualifications (education, knowledge, skills, and experienced required):

•Post secondary degree or diploma in broadcast, electrical, or computer engineering and technology.
•A minimum of 2 years of experience in a media/broadcast environment.
•Strong background in broadcast engineering fundamentals including video timing, signal flow, audio, video, and captioning standards, codecs, and troubleshooting.
•Passion for technology and learning new software and hardware products.
•Working knowledge of AutoCAD for the use in broadcast and IT systems drawings.
•Experienced in project management and able to lead capital projects as required.
•Demonstrated experienced supporting and maintaining Evertz routers, multiviewers, switchers, and infrastructure/glue.
•Demonstrated experience supporting Imagine, GV, Harmonic, Ross, Lawo, RTS, and Sony broadcast equipment including but not limited to cameras, studio robotics, intercom, switchers, servers, automation systems, and audio consoles.
•Knowledge of basic IT concepts such as routers, switches, subnets, storage systems, etc.
•Excellent writing, organizational, and time management skills.
•Maintains well organized and meticulous files and records.
•Ability to work to exacting standards, including critical deadlines under high stress situations.
•Utilizes creative problem-solving techniques to develop innovative solutions.
•Ability to work flexible hours and weekends as required.
•Client service oriented with excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
•Must be independent, self-motivated, and self-sufficient.
•Promotes work environment that recognizes, supports, respects, and welcomes diversity of employees.

Preference will be given to candidates who have these additional skills/qualifications:

•Bilingual in English and French.
•Solid understanding of storage systems including SCSI, fibre channel, SAN, NAS, RAID, etc.
•Familiarity and technical understanding of digital media asset management systems. Experience with Dalet would be an asset.
•Familiarity with Adobe or other non-linear editing systems.
•Knowledge of internet network technologies (DNS, firewall, SSH, HTTP/S, FTP).
•Knowledge of IP networking protocols (TCP, IGMPv2/v3, BGP, OSPF, PIM).
•Familiarity with Cisco Nexus and HP Procurve switches.

This is a full-time opportunity.

Hours are Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm, subject to change.

Please submit your application to:
1750-45 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4
Attention: Patricia Hutton, Human Resources


CPAC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.