Sheriff's Helicopter Mechanic-Inspector

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades Public Safety
  • Salary: $74,838.40 - $100,880.00 Annually USD

Job Description



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.

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 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 three (3) years’ experience on the Airbus AS350 (H125) Helicopter and 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.


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
  • Preventive 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
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
Education and Experience:
Three (3) 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.


  • Valid California Driver's License by the date of appointment
  • Valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Power Plant Certification by date of appointment.
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Special Requirements
Must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Sheriff-Coroner and have no prior felony convictions. Incumbents may be required to return to work during non-business hours to perform emergency maintenance or repair.

Background screening includes completing 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
Positions in this class typically require body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, grasp, climb, balance, kneel, crouch, reach overhead in rugged conditions, drive a vehicle, lift up to 25 pounds, push and pull up to over 100 pounds, and perform other strenuous work. Positions must possess vision efficient to read standard size text and a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandable in person to individuals and groups, and over the telephone; and possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard, tools, and specialized equipment. Positions 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

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

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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