DEFINITIONHas immediate charge of a helicopter maintenance unit serving aircraft owned and operated by the County.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDSPositions allocable to this class receive administrative supervision from a Captain in charge of the Sheriff's Aero Bureau or the Fire Department's Air Operations

Chief, Helicopter Maintenance

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department • 
Los Angeles, California, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Has immediate charge of a helicopter maintenance unit serving aircraft owned and operated by the County.

Positions allocable to this class receive administrative supervision from a Captain in charge of the Sheriff's Aero Bureau or the Fire Department's Air Operations Battalion Chief. Incumbents serve as the highest level of maintenance management and technical review of helicopter mechanics performing a full range of preventive maintenance, repairs and alterations to a fleet of turbine-powered helicopters. Incumbents are responsible for the maintenance of all technical records, manuals, parts and supplies, support equipment, and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration on all required aircraft inspections. Incumbents must possess expert knowledge of materials, tools and procedures used in maintaining aircraft, principles of maintenance management and supervision, and safety procedures pertaining to aircraft and aircraft maintenance.
Essential Job Functions
  • Plans, assigns, supervises, inspects and evaluates the work of one or more helicopter maintenance crews engaged in the aircraft preventive maintenance, inspection, repair and replacement of aircraft engines, major component parts, transmissions, drive trains and assemblies, hydraulically actuated accessories, rotor masts and rotors, and major airframe members.
  • Develops and administers preventive maintenance timetables for major and minor repairs of engines and airframes and major periodic inspections.
  • Schedules maintenance to ensure maximum aircraft availability.
  • Oversees the control and accounting of service life-limited parts such as rotor mast assemblies, and other parts subject to stress failure.
  • Directs and participates in the design, fabrication, and installation of such devices as electrically actuated chemical drop tanks, search lights, loudspeakers, night vision devices and other equipment requiring substantive airframe and electrical system modifications.
  • Acts as Departmental liaison to Federal Aviation Administration General Aviation District Offices regarding supplemental type certifications required for major airframe and engine modifications.
  • Supervises the preparation of estimates on extent and cost of aircraft repairs and makes recommendations to management on the need to repair or replace aircraft and other equipment.
  • Manages the budget assigned to the aircraft maintenance section and reviews all expenditures for compliance with County purchasing procedures prior to submitting purchase requests for unit manager's approval.
  • Supervises the operation of a tool and stock room including the requisition, receipt and issuance of parts, equipment, tools and supplies.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of records and reports,
  • Manages the compilation and analysis of cost data.
  • Coordinates and expedites equipment repair activities at the scene of emergencies or disasters.
  • Responsible for the repair and maintenance of light fixed-wing single or multi-engine aircraft, as required.
Job Requirements:
Four years' experience in the repair and maintenance of helicopters, two years of which must have been in responsible charge of completing major and minor repairs to return helicopters to airworthy condition.

A valid Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant issued by the Federal Aviation Administration*.

A valid Inspection Authorization Ratings Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration*.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


Physical Class III – Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.


*In order to qualify, applicants must submit a copy of their valid Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate AND Inspection Authorization Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration with their application at the time of filing, or within 15 calendar days from the date of application filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.


  • Credit will be given to applicants, who possess DESIRABLE qualifications and indicate so on their employment application at the time of filing.
  • Experience in public safety and/or military aviation.
  • Experience performing hands-on maintenance of public safety, military, or commercial helicopters.
  • Experience as a helicopter maintenance/repair quality control inspector.
  • Experience supervising 10 or more helicopter maintenance personnel.
  • Experience conducting in-flight troubleshooting of helicopters.
Salary Range: $104,516.88-$140,848.32
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