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Broadcast Systems Engineer

Bristol, CT - US

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Job ID 712557BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business Direct-to-Consumer and International Date posted Oct. 16, 2019

Job Summary:

Responsible for the design and implementation of state of the art broadcast facilities for a global company that is at the forefront of technology. In this position, special emphasis is placed on design and implementation of all of DTCI’s content acquisition, origination, production, and distribution systems. The Systems Engineer will also develop and document technical procedures, train systems support and operational personnel, and provide expertise in resolving complex technical issues.


  • Complete design and implementation projects for DTCI’s broadcast facilities.
  • Lead in the design phases of new engineering projects, improvement of existing systems, specification of equipment procurement requirements, and implementation of complex broadcast systems.
  • Generate software solutions for content creation, manipulation, encoding/transcoding and distribution as well as for non-linear edit systems, video servers, storage solutions, file acquisition, file transcode, file transfer, media asset management and automation systems.
  • Lead in the creation, design, development, integration and testing of production workflows for a variety of platforms. This includes the selection of appropriate video/audio formats and bit rates.
  • Generate documentation required to support and operate company broadcast facilities.
  • Interface with equipment manufacturers and vendors regarding technical equipment designs and evaluate equipment to be purchased for the broadcasting facilities.
  • Oversee and coordinate assigned aspects of the construction of facilities and the installation of new equipment. This includes collaborating closely with installation engineers, equipment manufacturers and vendors, installation service contractors, Electronic System Support Engineers, technical operations staff, and others involved in the project.
  • Provide technical expertise required to support the Electronic System Support, Production Operations, and Transmission Operations departments in solving complex technical issues.
  • Maintain a high level of technical proficiency through review of trade journals and publications, contacts with manufacturers, membership in professional associations and attendance at relevant conventions and seminars.
  • Design, provide analysis, and write procedures to enhance present and future technical facilities.
  • Follow-up and resolve technically related problems through direct communication with other DTCI departments and outside companies.
  • May be assigned special projects as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of RF principles, fiber optics, and baseband video and digital compression and transport systems.
  • Knowledge of file transfer acceleration technologies and techniques. Understanding of video audio/video encoding/transcoding techniques and formats.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of RF principles, fiber optics, and baseband video and digital compression and transport systems.
  • Knowledge of file transfer acceleration technologies and techniques. Understanding of video audio/video encoding/transcoding techniques and formats.
  • Experience with Java, servlets and web applications.
  • Oracle SQL Experience (PL/SQL), MySQL experience.
  • Working knowledge of DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP, HTTP, UDP, SSL, and SNMP.
  • Experience using AutoCAD
  • Project management experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

Required Education

  • 3- to 8-years broadcast engineering experience.
  • BS in Engineering or Computer Science or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in broadcast facilities design and documentation.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science degree or a minimum of 5 years’ equivalent experience in broadcast facilities design and documentation is preferred.

About Direct-to-Consumer and International:

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. This segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney Streaming Services, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney +, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN, Inc, which is part of a business segment we call Direct-to-Consumer and International.

ESPN, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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