WLS Broadcast Maintenance Engineer

WLS Broadcast Maintenance Engineer

WLS TV, the ABC/Disney-owned station in Chicago, IL is and has been the market’s top local news station for over 74 years. Producing over 45 hours of live news, weather, sports, and local programming each week using cutting-edge technology.

WLS-TV seeks a Broadcast Maintenance Engineer. The successful candidate must be a skilled individual adept at the latest technologies used in live broadcasts to provide seamless, uninterrupted maintenance of equipment in order to ensure quality broadcasts. Candidate must exhibit an aptitude for an ever-changing news environment, problem-solving, ability to adjust to meet deadlines and work collaboratively with other departments to maintain and improve our broadcast infrastructure and user workflow experiences.


  • Installation, configuration, and daily maintenance/troubleshooting of broadcast systems
  • Provide operational support for end-users; respond to help desk tickets and calls.
  • Interface with third-party vendors and support technicians
  • Lead, execute, and complete projects as directed by management
  • Adhere to Disney policies and best practices in a broadcast environment
  • All other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

The ideal candidate must:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with broadcast audio, video and control systems, video servers, graphics & IT systems. 
  • Possess strong engineering, IT/networking, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Have experience with RF equipment such as broadcast transmitters, microwave equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrate excellence in documentation and system drawing.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Be a self-starter and able to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment, working both independently and as a part of a diverse team.
  • Be project-oriented, organized, and able to show a list of previously executed projects from concept to completion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to pivot and manage changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Be willing to expand their knowledge with emerging broadcast industry concepts/technologies.

WLS-TV is a 24/7 operation, and the candidate may be required to work non-traditional shifts, weekends/holidays, and be willing to be on call and/or work extra hours as needed. Candidate should be able to lift and carry equipment as necessary.

Preferred Experience

Experience with the following is preferred:

  • IP video standards such as SMPTE ST-2110
  • Audio formats such as AES, MADI, DANTE and AES67
  • System design, integration and drawing systems such as AutoCAD or Visio
  • Master Control automation systems
  • RF and transmission protocols such as ATSC, DVB-T/S, MPEG, PSIP, COFDM

Required Education: 

High school diploma or equivalent  

Preferred Education/Training

A degree in Engineering or other technical-related field, appropriate certifications, and/or equivalent experience. FCC license and/or SBE certification is desirable.

Additional Information:

  • Reporting Location – Chicago, IL

To apply, please log on to: https://jobs.disneycareers.com/ and search for Job ID: 10061010 or use the link:


About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 WLS Television, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Television.

WLS Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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