These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: Considerable experience in helicopter maintenance which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by three (3) or more years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance of turbine-powered helicopters which has included two (2) years in an FAA-approved helicopter maintenance services program.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Must possess a FAA Airframe and Power Plant (A & P) Mechanics Certificate issued at least two (2) years prior to employment date.
- Must be able to perform in-flight testing of repairs on helicopters.
- Must obtain and maintain a valid California driver license at time of appointment.
- Must have a wide-range of physical motion, able to work in confined spaces, lift more than 50 pounds, and be able to use all safety gear.
- Must be able to obtain a Department of the Interior Mechanic qualification and Department of Agriculture and Forest Service licenses/certificates for specific helicopters.
- Experience maintaining and repairing helicopters with Lycoming/Honeywell T53 series engine, Allison/Rolls Royce 250 series engine, and Pratt & Whitney PT6T3, General Electric T701D engine series gas turbine and accessories.
- Experience working with sheet metal fabrication
- Formal job-related training
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of: the maintenance and repair of the Bell 205, 206, 212, UH1, UH-60 and any other helicopters the County purchases; gas turbine engines, accessories, and fuel control; helicopter electrical systems.
Working knowledge of: helicopter aerodynamics, vibrations, and flight characteristics.
Working ability to: diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; read, understand, interpret, and cross-reference helicopter maintenance manuals, charts, graphs, and blueprints; engineer, fabricate, and install systems; maintain repair records according to FAA guidelines; identify and solve problems; completely strip and rebuild helicopters; maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
Thoroughly skilled in: the operation of specialized shop equipment and tools.
Work is primarily performed in a hangar or inside helicopters. Employees are exposed to mechanical and chemical hazards and must be able to perform in-flight testing of repairs on helicopters. Work requires a wide-range of motion, working in confined spaces, and lifting more than 50 pounds.