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Human Factors in Broadcasting

Instructional Method: Online, On-Demand Webinar


Who Should Atttend

Why You Should Attend

About Your Instructor

SBE Recertification Credit




Human factors is a discipline of study that deals with human-machine interaction. It is a scientific discipline that draws from many areas including psychology, engineering, industrial design, statistics, operations research, and anthropometry. It focuses on a range of different topics, such as workplace safety, ergonomics, human error, product design, human capability and human-computer interaction. This discipline works to apply scientific principles to designing products and creating work environments that boost productivity while minimizing safety issues. The field of human factors formally began during World War II, when a range of experts worked together to improve the safety of airplanes. Since that time, the importance of human factors has continued to grow, and today plays an important role in many other fields, including computing, manufacturing, product design, engineering, military and government industries.

So how does this translate to the broadcast engineering field?

By having an understanding of the principles of human factors, someone in the broadcast engineering field will be better equipped to face challenges such as:

The design of:

  • Control rooms
  • Production rooms
  • Equipment rooms
  • Maintenance facilities
  • Remote facilities

Improving work flow, including:

  • Safety
  • Reliability/human error
  • Equipment selection
  • Display and control selection and placement
  • Effects of automation

Implementing environments appropriate to work and worker variability, including:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Vibration
  • Thermal
  • Physical and psychophysical


Who Should Attend

  • Operations Staff
  • Facility Designers
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Support
  • Manager
  • Executives
  • Engineers

Why You Should Attend

This webinar provides an introduction to Human Factors as it relates to the field of broadcast engineering. Takeaways attendees can expect include:

  • An understanding of the physical and cognitive limitations of humans and how costly it can be for broadcast engineers and their companies to ignore human factors.
  • Gain an understanding of how to increase workflow, reduce costly errors and increase productivity in their workplace.
  • Become better judges of proposed benefits of products and services that use “Ergonomics” as part of the selling points.


About Your Instructor - James McTigue

Jim McTigue, a principal consultant at Impulsive Audio Consulting, has worked for 35 years in the Acoustic, Broadcast, and Professional Audio fields. Currently, he provides technology consulting services through his firm, Impulsive Audio Consulting. Starting at the legendary A & R Recording Studios in New York, his career has included positions at Altec Lansing, API, Broadcast Technology, Euphonix, Radix Systems, and the legendary Sigma Sound Studios. McTigue holds a B. S. in System Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and an M. S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the AES, ASQ, IFQ, IEEE, IIE, NARAS and SBE.

SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of this webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications. 


This webinar is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes long.

SBE Members:  $39

Non-Members:  $55     

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If you have questions regarding this course, contact Kimberly Kissel via email or by phone at (317) 846-9000.

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