City of Huntington Beach, CA - Huntington Beach, CA

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The Huntington Beach Police Department is seeking an experienced helicopter mechanic to repair and provide preventive maintenance service of the City’s helicopters and hangar facilities; and perform other duties as required within the scope of the classification under general supervison. THIS RECRUITMENT WILL CLOSE WHEN THE CITY DETERMINES ENOUGH QUALIFIED APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED, BUT WILL CLOSE NO EARLIER THAN 2/15/13. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS The Helicopter Maintenance Technician is a skilled mechanic that maintains the City’s helicopters and hangar facilities. It is distinguished from the Senior-level class, a working supervisor which leads skilled mechanics engaged in the maintenance and repair of the City’s helicopter fleet.

Examples of Essential Duties:
  • Inspects all airframes and engines for flight safety; repairs all calendar/time limited aircraft components, performs daily pre-flight operations of all electrical, radio and law enforcement equipment, diagnose mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural or other problems and malfunctions, determines type, extent, cost and repair required.
  • Performs preventative maintenance, routine service work and replaces worn or defective parts as necessary. Fabricates parts as required; installs and maintains police equipment such as radios, searchlights, etc.; tests and adjusts rotor balance and track. Performs periodic safety inspections; identifies and corrects safety hazards.
  • Maintains detailed inspection and repair records; maintains inventory of necessary parts and equipment; cleans and maintains tools and equipment. Installs and maintains law enforcement equipment; maintains hangar facility; interacts with regulatory agencies.

    The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Typical Qualifications:

Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, FAA repair station manual, manufacturers’ maintenance manuals, tools and equipment needed to perform helicopter maintenance and repair work; occupational hazards and safety practices applicable to aviation maintenance operations.

Ability to: Read and interpret manufacturers’ maintenance manuals and electronic schematics; troubleshoot and repair mechanical/electronic/hydraulic malfunctions; maintain accurate records; use hand and power tools; operate personal computer and electronic test equipment; establish and maintain effective interpersonal relations with those contacted in the course of work; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education: The equivalent of a high school diploma supplemented by the completion of advanced technical training in aviation maintenance.

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of aviation maintenance experience on the MD500 series helicopter and working under the FAA rules, regulations and standards. Aviation maintenance experience on the MD500 series helicopter is preferred.

Certification: FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) Mechanics Certification and inspectors Authorization; other licenses/certifications may be required.

License: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE:
  • An official City of Huntington Beach online job application must be filled out in its entirety.
  • Applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education and training.
  • Applicants who best meet the City's needs will be invited to a qualifications appraisal process, which will include an oral board exam (weighted 50%)
  • . Those receiving a passing score on the oral board exam will be invited to participate in a performance exam (weighted 50%). Candidates successful at passing both exam components will be placed on an employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list is valid for up to one year, unless exhausted sooner.
  • Candidates considered for hire must undergo a background investigation which may include a credit check, driving record check, Livescan fingerprinting and Department of Justice (DOJ) report, pre-employment questionnaire, and/or other related examinations.
  • Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification.
  • IMPORTANT: In-house candidates who did not apply by the closing date of the promotional recruitment may apply to this " open " recruitment. However, they will compete based on the standards established for the "open" recruitment and if successful, will place on the "open" eligible list.
Please Note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.

Physical Tasks & Environmental Conditions:

Work involves exposure to dangerous machinery, hazardous chemicals, extreme weather conditions, confined spaces and potential physical harm. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, climb, balance, work in confined spaces, lift heavy objects (up to 75 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.