Sheriff's Helicopter Mechanic-Inspector

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • May 24, 2022
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades Public Safety
  • Salary: $72,300.80 - $97,468.80 Annually USD

Job Description


In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public, on a continuous basis, until the needs of the Department have been met. Please be advised this recruitment may close at 11:59 p.m. any day of the week and it is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately.

Applicants must be available to regularly be on call, work weekends, evenings and holidays

This recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a current vacancy in the class of Sheriff's Helicopter Mechanic - Inspector.

The Special Operations Division provides protection to all residents and guests of the County from all forms of terrorism, disasters, and critical incidents. The Special Operations Division responds to incidents in a prompt professional manner, with integrity and vigilance in safeguarding the community.

The Aviation Support Unit provides effective airborne surveillance and patrol support for the citizens in Orange County. In addition, the Aviation Support Unit provides Search and Rescue and Air Rescue for all areas in the county.

THE SHERIFF'S HELICOPTER MECHANIC - INSPECTOR is characterized by its responsibility for maintaining the County Helicopter for safety compliance, repairs, overhauls, and replacement of aircraft parts and components. The Helicopter Mechanic-Inspector will receive guidance from the Sheriff's Department Supervising Helicopter Mechanic.

General Duties:
Perform preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections and repairs to helicopters and turbine engines using specialized equipment per appropriate federal aviation regulations, manufacturer's recommendations, technical manuals and industry standards; and manage standard inventory of spare parts necessary to conduct uninterrupted maintenance, modifications and repairs. Maintain 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 manufacturer. Maintain the aviation unit hanger and work area to make certain the environment is clean and safe. Attend training to maintain licensing requirements. Disassemble, repair, and replace airframe components, engines, motors, transmissions, rotor assemblies and gearboxes, control assemblies, cable and other equipment system components and accessories. Pull and inspect drive shafts, track and balance rotors, replace filters, and perform related maintenance and repair. Inspect and change main rotor transmission and tail rotor assembly. Inspect drive trains; replace bearings and other components and perform related repairs. Set up and operate vibration analyzer, bar field tester, and other electrical and electronic testing equipment to evaluate rotor and engine performance, generators, charging system and other components. Identify potential damage, wear or safety hazards; determine type and extent of necessary repairs and make corrections or arrange major repairs. Install, adjust and maintain directional lights and ensure proper operation of infrared and color camera equipment, and related mission equipment. Maintain inspection records, repair records, and maintenance and flight logs. Complete FAA certification paperwork for all maintenance performed. Order engine and mechanical parts. Maintain part inventory. Adhere to the Aviation Support Unit's Safety Management System (SMS) and maintenance standards set forth by the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC). Other duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 6 years of experience as a helicopter mechanic. The candidate will be able to understand the maintenance flow of five helicopters and manage the workload in order to provide the maximum number of aircraft in service each day. In addition, the candidate must be able to adapt to changing mission requirements and on occasion work a longer than 40 hour work week.

Desirable Qualifications:
The desirable qualifications for this position are two years experience on the Airbus AS350 (H125) Helicopter and two years experience on the Bell UH-1H Helicopter. The candidate should also have experience with Turbomeca and Honeywell Turbine Engines. Another desirable qualification is the completion of the Goodrich Hoist Mechanic Course.

Special Qualifications:
Applicant must obtain the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) Badge within 30 days of appointment

Three years of experience in the repair and maintenance of helicopters, two years of which must have been within the past three years, performing maintenance and alterations on turbine powered helicopters.

Graduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or passage of the California High School Proficiency Test.

General Knowledge of:
Operating principles of Turbomeca Turbine engines and mechanical, electrical and electronic systems; state and federal safety specifications and inspections requirements; proper use of tools and equipment in work areas; preventative maintenance procedures; repair and overhaul practices; methods, tools, materials, equipment and procedures used in the diagnosis, overhaul, repair and adjustment of helicopter components and operation systems; basic welding techniques; record keeping procedures; principles of effective supervision.

Ability to:
Safely operate work-related equipment and tools including vibration analyzer bar field tester, shear, bender, welding equipment, and other hand power tools and measuring devices; inspect maintain, repair and overhaul helicopter equipment. Forecast parts usage costs. Coordinate major repairs with vendors. Accurately diagnose the nature, extent and cause of equipment problems. Read and interpret specifications and determine effective troubleshooting, repair and maintenance procedures. Research equipment and parts specifications and make necessary modifications. Complete inspection, service records and flight logs. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, and safety rules and procedures. Interact and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Establish, maintain and foster positive, harmonious and effective working relationships.

License Requirements:
  • Valid California Driver's License by the date of appointment
  • Valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Power Plant Certification by date of appointment. Click here to view the class spec/job description.

Applicant must have no felony convictions or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

Physical and Mental Requirements:
This position class typically requires body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, grasp, climb, balance, kneel, crouch, reach overheard in rugged conditions, drive a vehicle, lift up to 25 pounds, push and pull up to or over 100 pounds, and perform other strenuous work. Must possess vision sufficient to read standard size text and computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person to individuals and groups and over the telephone; possess natural dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard, tolls and specialized equipment. May require shift work including nights, weekends and holidays. Frequent decision making and concentration; occasional public contact; occasional working alone.

Environmental and Working Conditions:
Work involves exposure to dangerous machinery, hazardous chemicals, extreme weather conditions, confined spaces and potential physical harm. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, fumes, gases, oils, workspace restrictions, intense noise and travel.


Human Resources |Minimum Qualifications
Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Application Appraisal Panel |Application Rating (Refer/Non-Refer): An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen all application materials and rate for job knowledge, competencies and related experience described above. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. (The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.)

Qualification Appraisal Panel |Oral Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a qualification appraisal panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidates' qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

After all procedures have been completed, Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of on-line applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Your application should demonstrate your professional experience and education related to the specific qualifications/duties listed in this bulletin, including areas which you have developed expertise. For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Mary Felix at (714) 834-5857 or email at

Click here for tips to complete your application.


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows:
  • Workers in correction facilities and detention centers will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a FDA-approved mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.


Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at .


Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Orange County, California United States View Map