Main tasks / responsibilities:
OPB’s Maintenance Engineer for Central and Eastern Regions assists the Bend-based Chief Engineer in the design, configuration, installation, update, emergency repairs, preventive maintenance and operation of the technology that supports OPB’s content delivery systems. This includes television and radio transmission facilities, television and radio translators, microwave and fiber-optic distribution systems, two-way radio systems, and traditional IT infrastructure such as switches, servers. and LAN / WAN equipment. This position also safely performs routine maintenance of the facilities and infrastructure supporting these systems. Maintenance Engineers will also travel occasionally to assist Chief Engineers in other regions of OPB’s statewide broadcast network.
This work is primarily based out of Bend’s offices and operates in areas of central and eastern Oregon, but may require work in other areas of the OPB. Much of this work will take place in transmission facilities and will involve different shifts to respond to technical emergencies, including evenings, weekends and holidays with possible callbacks and 24 hour on-call periods. . Travel and work in remote locations will require the operation (and possibly the need to perform basic emergency mechanical repairs on) four-wheel-drive vehicles and tracked snowmobiles in the field. Occasionally, the use of a forklift, aerial work platform or other heavy equipment will be necessary. The work will require the use of hand tools, electronic test equipment, power tools and may involve working alone.
Exposure to very high voltages and to non-ionizing RF radiation is possible at most locations. The job may require strenuous physical activity, including lifting up to 50 pounds and moving up to 75 pounds, working in inclement weather, walking or hiking about 2 miles (possibly with snowshoes), and possibly climbing a tower.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, administrative and planning work that would typically be done at OPB’s Bend facilities can be done remotely.
- Experience in the engineering design, construction, maintenance and operation of complex electronic systems such as broadcast, radio, radar, microwave, cellular systems, communications or military tactical systems.
- Experience with IP based technology including routers, switches and LAN / WAN management.
- Experience and solid understanding of the fundamentals of signal flow in complex systems.
- Experience with troubleshooting skills at the system and equipment level, including component level.
- Experience in driving 4WD all-terrain vehicles, including knowledge of driving safely on unimproved, muddy or snowy roads.
- Good computer skills, with knowledge of computerized control systems, browser based graphical interfaces and office software.
- Good oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information and instructions clearly and effectively to colleagues.
- Must be tactful, maintain harmonious relationships with co-workers and interact with co-workers and the public in a professional and competent manner.
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Ability to work independently and under minimal supervision.
- Ability to manage projects effectively and efficiently.
- Basic mechanical and safety skills including basic mechanical assembly experience, experience with power tools, and experience working on vehicles.
- Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather including knowledge of outdoor safety and best practices when working in difficult remote conditions including cold weather survival and wilderness first aid.
- Enthusiasm for the OPB’s mission.
- Bachelor’s degree in electronics, computer science, telecommunications or broadcast engineering.
- Experience with RF and electronics theory as it applies to broadcast systems, including radio and television translators, high power transmitters, and microwave systems.
- Experience in maintenance of AM radio transmission systems.
- Experience designing and documenting systems using CAD and / or Visio.
- Tower climbing experience or tower / rig certification.
- SBE certification.
The likely hiring range for this position is between $ 26 and $ 32 per hour, depending on qualifications.
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Position open until filled.