Distribution Staff Engineer
Discovery CommunicationsSterling, VA
Full Time Job
In this role you’ll be the point person for ensuring the specifications, implementation, performance, operation and maintenance of our world-class teleport systems is top notch and able to deliver the highest standard of reliability to our affiliates for all our Discovery programming. In this 24/7/365 operation, you’ll monitor and maintain the multiplexes, fiber distribution systems and affiliate receive systems for Discovery services at both the DTTC facility and Discoveries DR location in Hagerstown. You’ll also have the opportunity to lead projects that support design and development engineering activities on a global scale within a collaborative engineering workflow environment.
What You’ll Be Doing
• Provide engineering technical support for Discovery owned teleports & 3rd Party locations, projects, programs, and initiatives.
• Lead technical resolution when performing emergency restoral actions on ground station equipment, including: up converters, down converters, HPA's, fiber optic subsystems, LNA/LNB's, antennas, IP and Baseband equipment (modems, multiplexers, DVB and Broadband technology platforms) and video systems.
• Provide guidance to others on applicable technologies, ground station equipment, operational and maintenance procedures, and providing technical training on equipment.
• Serve as technical lead in operating and maintaining a wide variety of ground station equipment and communication systems.
• Serve as assigned engineer for analysis, design, development, and implementation activities
• Lead in the installation, testing and successful turn-up of new systems & services, installing and configuring equipment, associated wiring and cabling, and administrative requirements.
• Complete preventative and periodic maintenance checks of ground station equipment and associated sub-systems, validating recordings and reviews for any anomalies and taking the appropriate action to correct.
• Determine proper methods for testing equipment and RF/IF systems chains and interpret the results to verify normal/abnormal conditions of equipment.
• Pro-actively monitor the conditions of all Discovery multiplexes.
• You have 1 years of experience working at an earth/ground station.
• Experience in RF and transmission systems is preferred as well as experience with Domestic and International Television Satellite compression and distribution systems
• You have an in-depth knowledge of systems level architecture and ground station equipment as well as knowledge of Satellite Earth Station technologies.
• Must have working knowledge of RF theory, and basic electronics, with specific expertise of major systems to include: antenna drive systems, High Power Amplifiers, Up/Down Converters, Fiber Optic sub-systems, Baseband (modems, multiplexers, Broadband and IP technologies) and Video technologies/systems.
• You know how to operate test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, power meters, synthesized generators, video wave form meters, multimeters, network analyzers, and bit error rate test sets.
• You have the drive and passion to learn new technologies, understand intricate technical concepts and make informed decisions.
• You’re very comfortable and skilled at written and oral communication skills. You’ll be collaborating with many different people so it’s key!
SOMETHING TO NOTE:
This position is considered an essential position. This means that during times of inclement weather, emergencies, or when access to the workplace may be impeded, that employees in this position are expected to report to work to support business continuance, unless otherwise instructed by his/her direct manager.
Discovery, Inc., the global leader in real life entertainment with powerful brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel, is searching for a Distribution Staff Engineer to join the Global Technology & Operations team in our Sterling, Virginia technology hub. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our world-class teleport and state of the art equipment for one of the largest broadcasters in the world!
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The Way We Work
Discovery continues to grow around the world and across platforms. The Global Technology & Operations group provides technological infrastructure and operations support to ensure audiences can enjoy our content all over the world and across multiple platforms. Its platforms and product eco-systems are now engaged in terrestrial/free-to-air, OTT products and content development/production companies.
Our culture and leadership traits are in evolution as we expand from a traditional linear Pay TV business towards a convergent media and entertainment business that encompasses digital and mobile. Discovery is developing direct-to-consumer relationships, while delivering traditional platforms, with innovative solutions. Discovery is looking to embrace a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual.
About Discovery, Inc.
Discovery is the global leader in real life entertainment, serving passionate fans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year across deeply loved content genres.
Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens and services, from linear, free-to-air and pay–TV channels to digital products and streaming services, to social and mobile-first content and formats. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe.
Learn more about our company culture and life at Discovery, Inc. at our website.