Fire Helicopter Technician

$76,814 - $103,542 yearly
  • Orange County Fire Authority
  • Irvine, CA, USA
  • Aug 31, 2022
Full time Aircraft Mechanic Firefighting Government (Local)

Job Description

This recruitment is open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. The first application review date is August 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm (noon).
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is currently recruiting to fill one (1) Fire Helicopter Technician vacancy in the Air Operations Section. This recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and establish an eligibility list for future vacancies. 


Incumbents are responsible for performing journey level helicopter mechanic duties, which includes maintaining, repairing, inspecting, and testing fire helicopters and ground support equipment.
The Fire Helicopter Technician is the first level in a two-level helicopter mechanic series. The Fire Helicopter Technician is distinguished from the Senior Fire Helicopter Technician, which has lead responsibilities.




(These duties are intended to be representative sample of the duties performed by the class.)
  • Participates in the inspection, servicing, overhaul, and repair of helicopters, ground support equipment, and other related systems and components.
  • Assists in examining and interpreting information received from pilots and/or from tests to make original adjustments and/or repairs; troubleshoots identified problems.
  • Reads, interprets, and follows Manufacturer's Maintenance Technical Manuals, Alert Service Bulletins, FAA Airworthiness Directives, including parts schematics for the inspection, maintenance, and repair activities of fire helicopters and other related systems and components.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of tools and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, inspection, and testing of fire helicopters.
  • Assists in ground and in-flight testing of fire helicopters, systems, and components.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.




An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed below.
EDUCATION (position requirements at entry):
High School Diploma, or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
EXPERIENCE (position requirements at entry):
Two (2) years of directly related maintenance, repair, and inspection of Bell helicopters or medium type aircraft models
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS (position requirements at entry):
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at time of appointment. Possession of a valid California Commercial Class B Driver License, with air brake, hazardous materials, and tanker endorsements, is required within six (6) months of appointment. 
  • Valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Certification.
This classification is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program, which periodically provides Risk Management with the incumbent's Driver License record and status.
Additionally, when the incumbent possesses a valid, unrestricted California Commercial Class B Driver License, the incumbent is subject to the provisions of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, which includes DOT pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing while employed in this classification.


  • Experience with UH60/S70i helicopters

KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:
  • FAA regulations;
  • Industry standards;
  • Technical publications for Bell Helicopters
SKILLS (position requirements at entry):
Skill in:
  • Locating, diagnosing, and repairing mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural, and other helicopter system discrepancies;
  • Using tools, equipment, materials, and methods of the trade;
  • Assisting in reading, interpreting, and working from blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and technical manuals;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction;
  • Using a computer and applicable software applications.




  • First Application Review: August 15, 2022
  • Recruitment Close Date:  Continuous Until filled 
  • Oral Interview: TBD
  • Selection Interview: TBD  
Please note that the schedule of events listed above is subject to change based on Authority needs.

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, driving, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work: 
Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, fumes, gases, oils, workspace restrictions, intense noises, and travel. Required to support helicopters at remote locations during suppression operations. 
NOTEThe above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.
Before an employee is hired, he/she must successfully complete pre-employment requirements including, but not limited to: fingerprinting and background check, reference check, DMV check, licensure/certification check, Oath of allegiance to the United States of America and the State of California, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States in accordance with Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam including a drug screen through the OCFA's designated physician.
An applicant must submit, during the application filing period, an online application and attach any supplemental information as required in the job announcement which may include submitting responses to a supplemental questionnaire. Online resumes and other unsolicited materials may be attached, but will not be considered in lieu of the required online application, unless otherwise specified in the job announcement. The OCFA reserves the right to limit the number of online applications when necessary. Applicants are responsible for maintaining/updating their contact information through the online application system.
The Human Resources Department reviews all initial application materials to identify qualified applicants. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to the first phase of the recruitment process. The OCFA reserves the right to refer only the better qualified applicants if the number of applicants is high. If the number of applicants is high, the review process may include a secondary screening (by a panel of job knowledge experts) of the applications and/or supplemental questionnaires in which the better qualified applicants are referred to the next phase of the recruitment process. Because recruitment processes vary, applicants are advised to thoroughly review the job announcement before submitting their online application materials.
Testing for this position may include, but is not limited to the following: written exam, practical exam, panel interview, physical ability test, assessment center, oral presentation, project assignment, etc. If a revision is made to a testing component during a recruitment process, the assigned recruiter will notify by email all affected applicants.
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations for the purposes of employment testing should contact Ivonne Nunez, Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573-6810 or at least 72 hours prior to any portion of the examination process.
All recruitment/selection process and requirements will be held in accordance with the OCFA's Selection Rules, which are available for inspection in the Human Resources office.
The duration of the Eligible List for this recruitment is one year, unless abolished by the Assistant Chief / Human Resources Director prior to the expiration.
If an applicant chooses to withdraw from this recruitment process, he/she is required to submit an email notification to Ivonne Nunez, Human Resources Analyst at requesting a withdrawal from the process. The email to the recruiter must include the applicant's current phone number.
All questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to Ivonne Nunez, Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573-6810 or
The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice.