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ABA Preps the Next Engineers

Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy plans for 2016

Larry Wilkins reminds us that the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy is ramping up its 2016 sessions. The first, a session devoted to radio engineering, starts next month.

For the fifth year, the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy is excited to offer our Broadcast Engineering classes for those interested in learning more about the technical side of radio or television broadcasting.

These classes are designed for those with minimal or no broadcast engineering experience. Over the past four years, we’ve had announcers, production managers, master control operators, camera operators, operations managers and even some general managers attend these five-day classes. Students have also attended from other areas such as cable television, electrical contractors, broadcast equipment vendors and the military.

If your station is looking to expand the technical department or has an engineer retiring, this is an excellent way to help someone already on staff learn more about technical operations.

We cover basic electronics, audio (both analog and digital), video systems, radio and television transmitters and antennas. Basic station operations (technical, FCC rules, engineering management) are also covered.

Upcoming are the Radio Engineering Class, Feb. 8–12, and the Television Engineering Class, March 21–25. Best of all, the classes are free. The ABA has instituted a $50 registration fee which will hold a spot in the class. However, this fee is completely refunded in full upon competition of the class.

We also offer the opportunity to take the Society of Broadcast Engineer’s Certification exam at the end of the week. It is not necessary to attend the class. The SBE charges for the exam and your annual SBE membership to take the test.

The Academy also has scheduled a number of one day seminars covering various technical subjects, including our most popular, “Art of Mixing Live Audio,” designed for broadcast as well church sound crews. Check our website for details on all the events plus online registration.

All classes are held at the ABA in Hoover, Ala. We encourage you to look around your operation and community for those interested in furthering their career in broadcast engineering.