Aircraft Mechanic

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $77,108 - $92,597 Per year CA 4410 Cathedral Oaks Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States Apply before 5/31/2024 5:00


NOTICE OF CHANGE: This recruitment will close on Friday, May 31, 2024, at 5:00 PM PST 

The County of Santa Barbara is accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time Helicopter Mechanic [job classification title: Aircraft Mechanic] vacancy in Santa Ynez Valley for the Air Support Unit

The Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit (ASU) is a joint unit between the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office. This cohesive partnership allows responses to all hazard incidents. Examples of mission responses include, but are not limited to, wildland firefighting missions (water dropping, crew insertion, and long line), law enforcement flight operations, ocean and swift water rescue, search, medivac, hoisting, mountain and cliff rescue. The employment list for this job classification will be used to fill current and future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help (Temporary), and CSR (Civil Service Rule) 1414* vacancies.

*CSR 1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.

This Unit is based in the center of the County at the Santa Ynez Airport andis staffed seven days a week with professional pilots chosen for their experience in the fire and rescue disciplines. Although ASU is a joint unit, vacancies are attached to either the Santa Barbara County Fire Department or the Sheriff’s Office.

ASU currently has helicopters ready to respond to any emergency, day or night, rain or shine. Aircraft assigned to the ASU consists of: Sikorsky HH-60L, Bell UH-1H, UH 1N, OH-58 and Cessna 206. Training in all aircraft is not required for applying, but the willingness to train and learn to be proficient on multiple platforms, is highly desirable.

POSITION: Under direction, maintains and repairs aircraft to ensure airworthiness and safe flight operation, and performs other related duties as required.
  • A reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
  • Integrity/good moral character
  • Initiative/self-starter
  • A strong team approach
  • Good judgment under pressure
  • Effective communication skills

Department Information

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Click to visit the website to learn more about the department.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Click to visit the website to learn more about the department

COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA Employee Benefits and Compensation
Benefits and Wellness Plans- Medical/Dental/Vision:   

Compensation Summary:  

Retirement Plan:   ; applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity. 

*Please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for complete details of terms and conditions. 

  • An admission of having committed any act amounting to a felony within five years in California, or in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • Currently on Probation or Parole
  • Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
  • Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
  • Recent use and/or possession of illegal drugs; Failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
  • Unfavorable work history
  • Poor credit history
  • History of committing domestic violence
  • Dishonesty or failure to reveal pertinent information

Examples of Duties

  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. 

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. Two (2) years of post-certificate/ratings experience repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of 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/Sikorsky 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.
  3. 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.

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

Ability to:  diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; repair and inspection techniques; work effectively with other staff members, pilots, and 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.

Desirable Qualifications: 
  1. Maintenance and repair experience on helicopter models and series currently operated by Santa Barbara County including Bell medium helicopters, Bell light helicopters, and Sikorsky helicopters.  
  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 Sikorsky maintenance schools.
  4. Federal Aviation Administration Inspection Authorization Certificate.