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Air Support Mechanic

Santa Barbara, CA 93110
United States

Minimum Certification Required
Mechanic - A&P
Minimum Flight Hours Required
All Other Helicopter Jobs
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Experience Required
From $71,607 To $85,987
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

  1. Performs preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs in both shop and field environments to helicopters using specialized equipment, in accordance with appropriate federal aviation regulations, manufacturer's recommendations, technical manuals, and industry standards; may be required to perform preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs to fixed-wing aircraft; and maintains standard inventory of spare parts necessary to conduct uninterrupted maintenance, modifications, and repairs.
  2. Maintains a comprehensive record system of all maintenance work performed on each aircraft to comply with the component mandates of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the manufacturer.
  3. Makes recommendations to the unit supervisor regarding the need for tools, equipment, and consumable items that may increase the efficiency of the aviation unit.
  4. Assists in cleaning the aircraft and maintaining the aviation unit hangar and work area to ensure their clean and safe condition.
  5. Attends training to maintain licensing requirements.
  6. May drive departmental vehicles to pick up and/or deliver parts or components; and may be required to participate in test flights.
  7. Incumbents in this classification may be assigned to drive fuel trucks, dispense fuel, and maintain records of fuel usage. 
Job Requirements

 Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings issued in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 65 subpart D, AND:
  1. Two (2) years of post-certificate/ratings experience repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of Bell turbine-powered helicopters to service; or
  2. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, certificate, and ratings.
Note:  Three years of pre-certificate/ratings military experience repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of Bell turbine-powered helicopters to service can be substituted for the required two years of post-certificate/ratings experience.

Additional Qualifications: 
  1. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
  2. Incumbents may have to obtain a California Class B Driver's License.  If California Class B Driver's License is required, incumbent will also need to obtain hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements within one year of appointment.
Supplemental Information:  Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B License will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Knowledge of:  Bell helicopters maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; tools and equipment used for the maintenance and repair of Bell helicopters; record maintenance practices; and tools and shop safety practices.

Ability to:  diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; learn fixed-wing aircraft maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; work effectively with other staff members, pilots, and Sheriff management staff; work under the direction of the hangar supervisor and/or a director of maintenance; keep detailed records; make independent decisions related to airworthiness; work without close supervision; and organize and prioritize work.

Additional Requirements: Incumbents must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed. and to travel to locations outside Santa Barbara County for periods of up to 14 days in support of incident activities.

Desirable Qualifications: 
  1. Maintenance and repair experience on helicopter models and series currently operated by Santa Barbara County including Bell UH-1H, Bell 212, and Bell 206 B3 series.  
  2. One year of maintenance and repair experience on Cessna fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter models and series currently operated by Santa Barbara County. 
  3. Attendance at Bell and/or Cessna maintenance schools.
  4. Federal Aviation Administration Inspection Authorization Certificate.