POSITION: Studio Tech, Melbourne (VIC)

Danny Chifley, 13th December 2019
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Triple R has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne broadcasting from Wurundjeri country. Since its inception in 1976, Triple R has become one of Australia's most influential independent community radio station with over 16,000 paid subscribers and an estimated 800,000+ monthly listeners.

Triple R's broadcast and business operations are conducted from premises in Brunswick East. The facility houses:

  • 3 hybrid analogue/digital on-air studios. Each is equipped with microphones, turntables, CD players, a solid-state recorder, a computer playout system and a general-purpose computer. The outboard equipment is controlled by PKE CSC-1 analogue consoles
  • A digital production suite, comprising 3 Pro Tools-equipped control rooms and a voice booth
  • A live performance space equipped with digital mixing and signal processing, analogue FOH and stage monitors and a modest microphone library
  • A dedicated control/rack room incorporating broadcast chain processing, STL, SOB and monitoring equipment, analogue routers and a comprehensive patching facility

The Studio Tech is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all studio equipment in consultation with Triple R’s Contract Broadcast Engineer. The role requires the following:

  • An understanding of broadcast audio systems and techniques
  • A strong understanding of electronic theory and practice
  • The ability to logically find faults and repair at component level
  • A practical understanding of IT systems
  • A strong and demonstrated understanding of professional audio systems and structure; and
  • Flexible availability, including ability to respond to emergency calls

Primary responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Contract Broadcast Engineer and the broader Technical Staff, the Studio Tech is to:

  • Maintain all studio and broadcast systems and equipment.
  • Facilitate all technical aspects of Outside Broadcasts (O.B.s)
  • Work within a team of Technical Staff comprising IT, production, Contract Broadcast Engineer, and other techs; and the broader Triple staff, contractors and volunteers.
  • Locate and repair faults in studio and other audio/visual equipment used in station production and broadcast
  • Undertake routine maintenance
  • Provide general technical support
  • Keep the station abreast of emerging technological developments/equipment
  • Prepare for installation of studio and other equipment
  • Install or upgrade equipment
  • Configure/set-up equipment and systems
  • Advise on systems update, and opportunities to improve/increase services and increase mobility and reduce expenses
  • Regularly perform analysis of 3RRR’s technical needs
  • Propose technical development strategies
  • Design, develop and document technical systems
  • Cost and recommend purchase of equipment and provide ongoing information and advice to management regarding new and used equipment availability
Key selection criteria

Essential

  • Strong understanding of broadcast audio systems and techniques
  • A strong understanding of electronic theory and practice
  • Able to logically find faults and repair at component level
  • A strong & demonstrated understanding of professional audio systems and structure
  • Flexible availability, including ability to respond to emergency calls
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Take responsibility for own personal development
  • Perform own job role effectively
  • Participate in quality improvement activities
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in emerging technologies
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a great deal of autonomy
  • Understanding of broadcast and audio technologies e.g. analogue, digital, processors, STL, MMC, antennae, podcasts, live streams etc.
  • A practical understanding of contemporary networked IT systems

Desirable

  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience working as a technician in a broadcast studio environment
  • Experience working with and maintaining Krone and 1/4" patch systems
  • Current accreditation to test and tag 240V single-phase equipment to AS 3760
  • Familiarity digital audio signal processing concepts, devices and software
  • A demonstrated understanding of the Triple R community
  • Extensive knowledge of community radio, and 3RRR in particular
  • Experience co-ordinating the maintenance and development of transmission chain needs, including transmitter, antennae and STL and other links
  • Experience with liaison/negotiation with transmission site lessors and techs etc.
  • Experience with the maintenance, repair and installation of analogue and digital broadcast studios
  • Own transport
  • Own hand tools

Application process

Triple R especially welcomes applications from people of the following groups - feel free to let us know if they apply to you:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People with disability
  • People who identify as LGBTIQA+
  • Young people (Under 26)
  • Women

Please email recruitment@rrr.org.au to request a copy of the full Position Description.

All applicants MUST provide the following in a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter
  • A statement addressing the key selection criteria, outlined above
  • A current CV

Please email your application to recruitment@rrr.org.au with the subject “Studio Tech Application –
your name”. Applications close at 10am on Wednesday 19 February, 2020. Late applications will not
be accepted.

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