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Looking for Tomorrow's Leaders

From our beginning, NEP has stood for innovation, quality and customer service. Today, it's not just something we talk about - when you're known throughout the industry as the trusted source in outsourced teleproduction services, you live it. To stay true to our reputation, we start with hiring only the best and brightest engineers, drivers, managers and technicians, as well as the most talented new recruits straight out of school to lead us. We expect a lot from our employees. Our staff are not only talented, but they have a wealth of experience, commitment, and most importantly, the passion to face challenges and innovate.

What We Offer Our Team

At NEP, we respect every employee and value their contribution. We offer competitive salaries, along with an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) program and comprehensive healthcare, as well as a responsive support staff.

We encourage all of our staff to grow and develop their careers - and with 12 divisions, opportunities abound. Plus, we offer an Apprentice Program for qualified candidates who want to learn to become a mobile production engineer.

Of course, we're an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a variety of opportunities to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability (except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement).

 

Mobile Unit Engineer Apprentice

Department: Apprentice Program
Office: NEP Mobile Units (Pittsburgh, PA)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to develop engineering and broadcast equipment maintenance skills through 7 program phases. Successful completion of the program will result in a Mobile Unit Engineer position. The Mobile Unit Engineer will supervise and perform necessary maintenance activities required for broadcasting equipment on an NEP mobile unit in order to meet client requirements and operate up to NEP standards of quality.

Developmental Phases:

PHASE I (approximately 1 month)

Work with NEP Field Shop

  • Report daily to Field Shop Director and Maintenance Engineering Manager
  • Load and offload equipment from mobile units
  • Compile load lists for mobile units
  • Bar code equipment properly
  • Scan equipment into equipment database
  • Test the functionality of incoming cable assemblies
  • Repair and fabricate cable assemblies
  • Fabricate connectors for every required type of cable in a mobile unit

PHASE II (approximately 1 month)

Work with NEP Copper Maintenance Department

  • Report daily to Maintenance Engineering Manager
  • Test the functionality of incoming cable assemblies
  • Repair and fabricate cable assemblies
  • Fabricate connectors for every required type of cable in a mobile unit

PHASE III (approximately 4 months)

Work with Fiber Maintenance Department

  • Report daily to Fiber Coordinator
  • Learn terminology and cable connector types
  • Sorting and prescreening of cable assemblies                            
  • Test fiber optic cables for optical loss and continuity
  • Visual inspection of fiber optic connectors
  • Cleaning of various connector types
  • Mechanical assembly and reinforcement of connector ends
  • Terminate and polish connector end faces
  • Use and testing of fiber hardware

PHASE IV (approximately 6 months)

Work with NEP Integration

  • Report daily to Technical Supervisor
  • Assist in Mobile Unit construction
  • Learn various connector types and termination techniques
  • Cut and label cables and terminate ends
  • Lace cables into mobile unit racks
  • Test cables
  • Install and fax out equipment
  • Understand truck schematics and read truck elevation drawings
  • Participate in final mobile unit fax out before 1st event

PHASE V (approximately 2-4 months)

Work with NEP Systems Support Department

  • Report directly to Senior Systems Support Specialist
  • Review customer service tactics as a Mobile Unit Engineer
  • Hands on experience with industry gear
  • Troubleshooting strategies for equipment installs
  • Project lead experience on various truck specific projects

PHASE VI (approximately 6 months)

Work with NEP Maintenance Department

  • Report daily to Maintenance Engineering Manager
  • Ensure equipment quality control and check out
  • Check and repair auxiliary equipment as it passes through field shop (including intercom belt packs, monitors, microphones, speaker stations, etc.)
  • Work side by side with Maintenance Engineering Manager and Maintenance Engineers on special projects, various pieces of equipment, and software upgrades
  • Install and fax out broadcast gear in mobile units (including cameras and vtrs).
  • Shadow on mobile units as an extra Engineer when appropriate

PHASE VII (transition from PHASE VI for 3 to 6 months)

Work on a specified mobile unit as a 3rd Engineer

  • Report daily to Mobile Unit Engineering Manager and Engineer in Charge
  • Set up mobile unit(s) for remote events
  • Provide on site preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of television equipment and systems
  • Work with Mobile Unit Engineers, Mobile Unit Drivers and crew members on specific events/packages
  • Coordinate equipment and scheduling logistics with Operations Coordinator
  • Strike and tear down mobile unit(s)

Additional Training provided during program:

  • Mechanical and Power Bay Training 
  • Networking Seminar
  • Equipment Specific Training through NEP Vendors/Staff

 

*Length and order of program may vary depending on technical skills and truck scheduling*

 

Evaluations: 

  • Evaluation of the Apprentice will be conducted at the completion of each program phase
  • Final Evaluation and Assessment will be conducted prior to Graduation

Qualifications: 

  • Completion of Associates or Technical Degree preferred from a Broadcast Communications, Electronics or Engineering School
  • Previous experience with broadcast equipment and industry preferred
  • Formal electronics training preferred
  • Strong Mac/PC skills (Microsoft Office operating systems) and proficient knowledge of networking
  • Ability to work on tasks and projects independently as well as in a team oriented environment
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Must be willing and able to lift/push/pull up to 50 lbs., and be willing to seek assistance for anything over 50 lbs. (should not seek to do over 50 lbs. without assistance).
  • Must be willing and able to travel 100% of the time upon program completion to NEP remote events
  • Knowledge and understanding of networks a plus

 

 

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