The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Perspectives I: Broadcast Engineers and Station Management

Course Description

This course is intended to provide the broadcast engineer with some of the perspectives and responsibilities of financial management. Through topics covering basic business operational structures and financial management, it will be obvious that even not-for-profit broadcast operations must have cash flow and engineers play a large part in making that happen. Reasonable job expectations and the definition of what an engineer is and is not can help minimize frustration and unsafe work environments. Time management and working with the next generation of engineers will be helpful in reducing job stress and burnout. This course had no technical requirements and is designed for all who wear the broadcast engineer title.

Table of Contents

  1. Where the Buck Stops
  2. Budgets, Forecasts, and Estimates
  3. Cash is King: Managing the Station Credit Card
  4. Engineering in Isolation or a Team Approach?
  5. You Want Me to Do What?
  6. Always on Duty: How to Avoid Burnout
  7. Roles, Goals, and Responsibilities
  8. Working with Assistants – The Next Generation

Enrollment Information

To register for the course, click on the link below. You may register using Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

SBE Member Price:  $90 

Non-Member Price: $135

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About the Author

Gary Ellingson is currently director of engineering for Northwestern Media, a subsidiary of the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Northwestern Media owns and operates AM and FM broadcast facilities in eight communities throughout the Midwest. He has been employed in broadcasting from announcing through engineering since 1969. Ellingson taught electronics technology at a technical college in Minnesota for 14 years, and served as a consultant for four years to the State Board of Technical Colleges for curriculum program development in technical content areas. He received four U.S. patents in antenna systems and control with emphasis in the interaction between an antenna and the structure upon which it is mounted. Ellingson is a member of IEEE and SBE.

SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of a course through SBE University qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.