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Aircraft Mechanic

Salary: $24.23-$29.58 hourly / $4,214-$5,145 monthly / Range: 5724

DEFINITION: Under direction, maintains and repairs aircraft to ensure airworthiness and safe flight operation, and performs other related duties as required.


  1. Performs preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs to fixed wing aircraft and/or helicopters, using specialized equipment, in accordance with appropriate federal aviation regulations, manufacturer's recommendations, technical manuals, and industry standards; 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 bureau commander regarding the need for tools, equipment, and consumable items that may increase the efficiency of the aviation bureau.
  4. Assists in cleaning the aircraft and maintaining the aviation bureau 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. Some positions in this classification may be assigned to drive fuel trucks, dispense fuel, and maintain reocrds of fuel usage.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: 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. one year of post-certification/authorization experience repairing and maintaining fixed wing aircraft and turbine powered helicopters; 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, and certificate.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required. Possession of a Federal Aviation Administration Inspection Authorization issued in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 65 subpart D is required within one year of appointment.

Additional Information: Some positions in this classification may require California Class "B" Driver's License with hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements. 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: fixed wing aircraft and helicopter maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; tools and equipment used for the maintenance and repair of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters; record maintenance practices; and tools and shop safety practices.

Ability to: diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; work effectively with other staff members, pilots, and Sheriff's management staff; keep detailed records; make independent decisions related to airworthiness; work without close supervision; and organize and prioritize work.

Desirable Qualification: One year of maintenance and repair experience on the aircraft and helicopter models currently operated by the Santa Barbara County.

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