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Broadcast Wireman available

Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 11:52 pm
by Steevg
Hi guys,

I'm a new poster to this forum.

I’m looking to extend my current database of clients to the USA & Canada with the intention of working on larger projects or for a large company on a contract or casual basis. I'm a Broadcast Wireman with a variety of specialist skills - I trained initially as an electrician, and have also worked in electrical manufacturing & more recently aviation. Originally from the UK I have sub-contracted for the BBC, Channel 4, Reuters, Telecom and many others in the UK - but moved to New Zealand in 2003 where I've contracted for TV3 & TVNZ in NZ, and most recently for one of the Australian Government departments. I'm currently looking for professionals in the Broadcast industry throughout the USA & Canada to network with due to the lack of work in the Southern Hemisphere.

If you, or someone you know or associate with, are involved with TV studio, theater or broadcast related installations or upgrades, or maybe you are knowledgable of a project which may come to fruition at some stage in the near future; or perhaps you're aware of other engineers requiring high quality workmanship in any aspect of Broadcast (Studio’s, Outside Broadcast Vehicles, Theaters etc), I’d be very appreciative if you’d forward my details on to them (CV attached)

I very much look forward to speaking with you regarding this at some point in the future.

Have a great day.


Re: Broadcast Wireman available

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:50 pm
by Baylink
"What's a wireman?" :-)

That doesn't translate all that well into USAdian.

Re: Broadcast Wireman available

Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:50 pm
by Steevg
My apologies:-

In the UK, NZ & Australia, as wireman is a person skilled in a particular discipline such as "Broadcast", and one who usually has a trade background (mine is as an Electrician, with basic skills in Electronics - so I'm able to build circuit boards to blueprints/drawings - in Broadcast I'd put together talkback system units from scratch and install boards into sound desks, undertake wire-wrapping work, high quality soldering work and modify printed circuit boards etc.)

The main role of a Broadcast wireman would be to run & terminate cables throughout the installation - ie: from the Central Apparatus Room (CAR) to edit suites, production rooms etc - for upgrades to the Broadcast facility. In fact almost any cabling or electrically biased work required in the upgrading of studio equipment. A Broadcast wireman would not however, be required to design installations, but would need to be able to read engineering drawings.

Depending on their trade skills, they may also be required to do other work appertaining to those skills.

I hope that clarifes the term as used in our countries, and would be interested in knowing what the equivalent job in the USA would be.

Re: Broadcast Wireman available

Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:08 am
From what you replied, add plunging toilets (loos, to you) and changing toner cartridges in sales office printers, and you'd be qualified to be what we in the 'States call a Broadcast Radio Engineer. :D

Re: Broadcast Wireman available

Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:05 pm
by Steevg
Not sure about the "plunging toilets", but yes, I've changed toner cartridges (hardware and software troubleshooting) and other IT related tasks, and planing down studio doors, fitting trash baskets to underside of production desks etc - except at the BBC - not allowed to pick up a broom there, or take a guy his coffee, just employed to do your job and no-one else's - strictly union policies applied. Nearly got removed from site on one occasion, for cleaning up around me (tie-wraps, wire insulation etc) - that was the cleaners job!

Another thing, a "Broadcast wireman" is usually self-employed, not the kind of work which a Studio would employ someone to do full time - generally speaking - so we tend to do contracts for the bigger equipment suppliers - Sony, Grass Valley etc., or equipment suppliers and installers. Maybe 4 - 40 weeks work at a time, anywhere in the world (travel & accommodation provided) then out to the next job - if there is one!

Anyone know of a large install going on at present?