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Emmy-winning sports technology company SMT is looking for sports lovers to operate NHL OPTICS, our graphics insertion system for NHL games. We are seeking 40-50 part-time, seasonal employees to work nights and weekends in our Durham, N.C.-based studios.


For over 20 years, SMT has been the NHL’s technology partner, and today provides the league with the most comprehensive, end-to-end, technology solution in sports with our NHL OASIS HITS scoring system, OASIS and OPTICS platforms, Puck- and Player-Tracking system and virtual insertion technology.

Position Summary

The ideal candidate will be an avid hockey fan who has some technical experience, is comfortable with Windows-based machines, and has strong communication skills. This position requires an exceptional attention span to simultaneously monitor computer applications, follow the events of the game without distraction, and effectively communicate with other team members and broadcast clientele.

Package Replay Operator

SMT provides each NHL broadcast partner with a replay system used to mark key plays throughout the course of a game. This position relies heavily on the operator’s hockey knowledge to highlight key events that the average viewer may not notice.

By using player ID tags, the in-game recap shows all the key players on each Tampa goal.

Announcers rely on OPTICS to tell the story of how the top defensive pair for Columbus, Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, work together at both ends of the ice.

Breakdown of how the Stars' power play broke the Predators penalty killing box and Denis Gurianov was able to score on a one timer.

A quick in-game recap of all three goals scored using Puck and Player Tracking packaged replay.

The Puck and Player Tracking system highlights an incredible pass that travels more than half the length of the ice, sending Filip Forsberg in on a breakaway and leading to a goal.

Live Broadcast Operator

SMT provides each NHL broadcast partner with an enhanced feed of the main camera used for a majority of their broadcast. This position pays special attention to the flow of the game in order to tell stories and enhance the viewer experience.

Using player ID tags with shift length, viewers can quickly see how long the five Ducks skaters have been on the ice as the Coyotes apply pressure.

Brock Nelson is dominating in the face-off circle against the Sabres. The announcers react to the face-off statistics and reinforce to the viewers Nelson's exceptional playing.

As announcers discuss Jamie Benn's return to the ice after sustaining an injury, he is tagged so viewers can identify his movement.


  • On-site training

  • $18/hour

  • 10-30 average hours per week in the NHL regular and post-season, based on your availability

  • COVID-safe environment

  • Applicants must live within an hour’s drive to Durham, N.C.

  • This is a part-time, seasonal position

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Verify all system components are in working order before and during games

  • Communicate to SMT staff before games to verify system setup

  • Operate the OPTICS system during games

  • Relay system issues to support staff for repair or replacement

  • Quickly process feedback from the system and adjust in real-time

  • Work well under pressure and complete tasks on time

  • Follow daily checklists and other written procedures


  • Knowledge of computer hardware, software, and Windows OS

  • Extensive PC gaming skills (use of hotkeys and gaming mice)

  • Basic understanding of hockey terminology, NHL rules and game play a plus

  • Basic network troubleshooting knowledge

  • Open availability (must be available to night, weekend and holiday games)

  • Strong communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

About Us

Best known as the inventor of the yellow first-down line, SMT serves the sports industry with innovative, award-winning technology for events, broadcasts and livestreams with a focus on real-time data collection, integration and visualization. For more than three decades, SMT has been involved with virtually every major sport, delivering groundbreaking and award-winning solutions that have changed the way sports are watched, played and analyzed. Headquartered in Durham, N.C., with offices in Jacksonville, Fla., Fremont, Calif., Toronto and Munich, SMT is comprised of over 350 full-time employees with hundreds of additional hourly event operational staff.


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