Scholarships to Learn Broadcast Engineering in Alabama this Fall!

VAB recognizes the need to educate, excite and encourage more young people to enter the field of broadcast engineering. That is why the VAB has decided to offer a limited number of scholarships for select candidates to travel to and attend the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy Fall Radio Engineering Class September 12th-16th or the TV Engineering Class October 3rd-7th. Both classes are held at the ABA Training Center in Hoover, AL (near Birmingham).

The Radio Engineering class covers basic electronics, audio fundamentals (both analog and digital), RF systems (AM & FM transmitters and antennas) and basic broadcast operations (EAS, FCC rules, good engineering practices) with plenty of demonstrations and “hands on” discussions.  The Training Center has plenty of test equipment set up plus a fully operational digital recording studio and students are given a printed work book.  At the end of the week, students have the option to take the entry level Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Certification exam (encouraged but not required). There will also be a Television Engineering Class held the week of October 3rd – 7th which offers a similar introduction-based ciriculum for TV engineering.
You cannot create Chief Engineers with just one five-day course. These classes are designed for those just getting into the broadcast engineering business and offer a basic overview of how radio or TV broadcast systems work. The VAB is willing to invest to send Vermonters to this class and test for the SBE certification in hopes it will “kickstart” their broadcast engineering education so they can be hired as assistant engineers and eventually take over for current engineers getting ready to retire.
Maybe you are a DJ or an MMJ but would like to make the switch to a behind the scenes job? Maybe you are a Program or Operations Director and have found your job requires you to know more about basic engineering than you thought? Maybe you know a High School, Trade School or College student who you think has the right mindset and potential to make broadcast engineering their career? If so, we’d like to know! Click the button below to apply and tell us you would like to be considered for one of the scholarships, which includes transportation, lodging, per diem for food and the $50 SBE exam fee (the class itself is offered for free courtesy of the ABA!).
Deadline to apply for a scholarship is Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions, email or call 802-233-0296.