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Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:13 am
by radiokeith
AMEN!

Sadly, I am one of the ones left and with 50+ years in the field no one wants to hire you?

Talked with a group who had hired a 23 yr old but he did not show up as planned saying he didn't want to leave his children.

Agree IT is better but then you have to fight the 12 year olds...

Any leads appreciated off list

Radio Keith

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:06 pm
by k2pg
I'm another experienced engineer who has been unable to find steady work. I was "downsized" out of my job at a cluster in a medium market when the parent company was acquired by another company. An "engineer" from another market 60 miles away now covers my position. Only problem is, he is an IT guy, not a transmitter guy. And the quality of their AM signal shows it, with reduced power and an obnoxious hum on the carrier. How long before their cash cow FM station goes down?

If there is such a shortage of engineers, where are the jobs? I have 42 years of experience in broadcast engineering and have even REBUILT an old transmitter that burned up a few years ago...but I have yet to find steady work. I have not had health insurance for over two years. Obamacare? Sorry, can't afford the premiums, at least if I want to buy food and avoid having to live under a bridge. With a $5,000 deductible, those policies are worthless anyway.

It is much easier to teach an old school RF/audio engineer about IT than it is to teach a computer geek about transmitters, especially if that 40 year old RCA transmitter has a 5 kV plate supply that could easily turn that IT guy into a crispy critter.

Phil G.

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:38 am
by countryboy
Back about 25 years ago, I became aware of the growing number of former radio engineers who were offering outside engineering services to stations in place of their existing employee engineers. These outside service companies made a very good point that you don't need to be fully staffed all the time for the possibility of one emergency. These outside companies had the experience, the knowledge, the parts, and connections with manufacturers to solve the problem as quickly as the employee engineer. This was NOT coming from station ownership, but from the engineering community! It's really hard to argue against these outside engineering companies who are basically offering engineering insurance for radio stations.

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:07 pm
by thelegend
The reason is: PERCEPTION IS REALITY. And the dumb asses that run radio these days think GEEKS are smarter than your typical transmitter engineer. Maybe so. :o

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:44 pm
by WMUD
There are still good radio engineers out there - working for themselves or teaming with others. Only the best operators can afford on staff broadcast engineers or contracts with engineering companies that can provide true preventative maintenance and cost-effective project management. The rest pay more for emergency maintenance and equipment. It's a matter of survival. A successful career in radio requires incredible flexibility. I was last employed by a radio station in 1989 but have a very successful broadcast engineering company willing and able to help.

Chip Morgan
http://www.cmbe.com
Burlington, VT

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:44 am
by tysonradcliffe
I'm a new engineer. Learning the IT and RF side of things. I ask to oversee engineers to learn all I can about RF but I can't find one. I would really like to get a job where I can OJT since I'm the only engineer at my station. tconrady@wsvx.com for resume.

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:43 am
by roccotherockdog
38 years...can't find a full time engineering position to save my life...worked the last engineering position for 10 bucks an hour. Not gonna do it anymore. The radio business is over for me.

Re: The Engineering Pool is Shrinking

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:21 am
by onapthanh
I aslo think that the rest pay more for emergency maintenance and equipment. It's a matter of survival. A successful career in radio requires incredible flexibility.

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