5087 Master Control Operator


TITLE Master Control Operator



IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Master Control Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television


The Master Control Operator monitors on air and cable broadcast signals, records programs from satellite feeds for later use, sets up and airs programs and program breaks per program log, ingests media from various sources for air or office use, monitors and controls transmitter output, maintains transmitter logs and discrepancy logs, and assists with traffic and on-air promotion.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required.  Technical skills training is preferred.

Experience: One year experience in television operations is preferred.

Skills: The ability to follow verbal and written direction is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Adequate vision to discern and read gauges and meters is required.  Manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination are required to operate levers, knobs, and dials is required.  On an occasional basis, must be able to insert and remove control room rack equipment weighing 50-70 pounds with the help of another employee.


1. Helps to assure a high quality broadcast by monitoring on air and cable broadcast signals, following the program log to air programs and breaks, monitoring and controlling the transmitter output and resolving any on-air problems which might occur.

2. Provides support for future broadcasts by recording programs from satellite feeds, ingesting media from various sources, and assisting with traffic duties.

3. Helps to assure compliance with applicable regulations and communication with other departments by maintaining transmitter and discrepancy logs, the equipment incident report, the daily report of satellite recordings, and the program log.

4. Assists with on-air station and program promotion through basic editing of promos and interstitial content and performing associated traffic functions.

5. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

6. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Chief Engineer - TV.        

7. Helps to ensure the overall success of KOZK by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Master Control Operator is supervised by the Master Control Supervisor.



Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 2 - 350 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and a general knowledge of, and experience in, a skill, craft, or trade. A general ability to understand procedures, operations, and/or operate basic equipment, that typically require some previous experience or training is required. Jobs at this level typically require at least one and up to two years of related experience for successful performance.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 1 - 20 Points: Specific detailed guidelines covering most aspects of the job. Deviations from guidelines must be authorized.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 1 - 25 Points: Contacts are typically limited to immediate supervisor and work team. Little or no formal contact with the general public, students, or others outside one's immediate work group is required.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 1 - 20 Points: The work environment had only everyday risks or discomforts associated with an office or commercial vehicle. The work area is adequately lighted, heated or cooled, and ventilated. There are no unusual hazards in the work environment.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 2 - 60 Points: Work requires some exertion such as standing for long periods of time, considerable walking, frequent bending kneeling, reaching, and stooping. May include occasional lifting of moderately heavy objects. Work may require specific but common physical abilities.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.