Helicopter Mechanic

$35.00 hourly
  • Spokane County Sheriff Air Support Unit
  • Spokane, WA, USA
  • Nov 20, 2022
Part time Aircraft Mechanic A&P Mechanic Government (Local) Ground Support Law Enforcement Maintenance

Job Description

Job Summary

This is a highly technical aviation position and is under the general direction and supervision of the Air Support Unit (ASU) Supervisor and/or the ASU Maintenance Officer and requires an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic's Certificate.  Mechanic will be responsible for following all regulations as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP).

* * * * * This is an extra help position, working on an as needed basis, without a specific number of guaranteed hours per week. * * * * *


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  This position is responsible for overseeing and performing scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance; inspections and corrosion control of aircraft components; and maintain appropriate and accurate aircraft records and logs. Work hours are varied as needed and/or required.


  • Copy of current driver's license (front side only)
  • Copy of current airframe and power plant mechanics (A&P) certificate from the FAA
  • Copies of any training certificates applicable to the position
  • DD-214 Member Form 4, (if applicable; see RCW 41.14 to see how Veteran's Preference is applied)
  • Copy of permanent resident card AKA "green card" (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from the school of your highest level of education, plus transcripts showing proof of any degree. All transcripts must be official copies; they cannot be uploaded with your application.

    Accepted method for transcript submission:

    Please have official transcripts emailed directly from the school registrar to: Lschwebs@spokanecounty.org (applicants may not email transcripts directly)

    The Civil Service office is closed at this time, so we appreciate your school registrar emailing us your official transcripts. If your school does not issue official, electronic transcripts, please contact: LSchwebs@spokanecounty.org so alternate arrangements can be made.

    If you have already submitted official transcripts to Civil Service, please do not resubmit. Do make sure to verify Civil Service has your transcripts on file.  



 *Testing for this position is still to be determined depending on the number of applicants. The posting will be updated once testing has been confirmed.


Examples of Duties


The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as an exclusive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, but only as a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent may not be required to perform all duties and may be required to perform additional, position specific duties.

Maintain OH-58A, Bell 206 series, UH-1H and/or other turbine powered helicopters.

Perform skilled maintenance and repair work on various sections of helicopters including airframes, engines and electronic components.

Perform preventive maintenance inspections in accordance with ICAP Regulations, or required by the FAA or manufacturer to ensure safe operating condition of helicopters.

Disassemble and examine parts and components using precision and diagnostic instruments to measure parts for wear and defects.

Diagnose mechanical problems observed during inspection and those reported by pilots and flight officers to determine needed repairs.

Refer to blueprints, diagrams and repair manuals in order to determine how to make repairs and replace worn or defective parts.

Reassemble and test parts and equipment for proper operation.

Diagnose electrical malfunctions and perform routine repairs and maintenance or remove electrical components and specialized equipment for repair by vendors.

Fabricate parts including work aids such as braces or supports to hold aircraft components in place during maintenance and repair.

Maintain accurate records of scheduled inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacement of aircraft components as required by manufacturer's specifications and department protocols.

Prepare and sign off on inspection reports providing inspectors authorization upon completion of repairs and inspections.

Perform related duties safely, effectively, and efficiently in a variety of conditions and environments as required.

Perform all duties with minimal supervision.

Perform other duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS: (Conditions may include, but are not limited to the following):

Varied shifts (days, nights, weekends, holidays, etc.).  This may include callouts for unexpected and emergency maintenance issues; variety of weather conditions; ability to wear a variety of protective garments or apparatuses when appropriate; work in situations/environments where potentially hazardous materials are present.


Minimum Requirements


Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language; high school diploma or GED. Must possess and maintain a current airframe and power plant mechanics (A&P) certificate from the FAA, PLUS have an equivalent to at least three (3) years of full-time experience as an FAA Certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic engaged in performing maintenance and alterations, with experience working on turbine powered helicopters. Must be able to see, hear, feel, smell, touch, speak and move about (with or without corrective devices) to perform the duties, responsibilities, tasks and essential functions required or assigned to this position. No adult felony convictions. A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application and must be retained throughout employment. 


Selection Factors

Prefer FAA Inspection Authorization certificate

Knowledge of:

  • Turbine powered helicopter maintenance and repair
  • Preventive maintenance inspections in accordance with manufacturer, ICAP Regulation, and FAA regulations
  • Aircraft records and logs as required by all regulatory agencies

Skilled in:

  • Repair and maintenance work of turbine powered helicopters
  • Recognizing potential areas of mechanical failure using precision and diagnostic instruments
  • Reading blueprints, diagrams, and repair manuals
  • Diagnose and repair various kinds of malfunctions or return to vendor for specialized repairs

Ability to:

  • Perform repair work in a safe and timely manner
  • Work on sections of helicopter including airframe, engine and electrical components
  • Fabricate necessary parts to facilitate repairs
  • Maintain all required repair and maintenance records and logs
  • Work a varied schedule as required
  • Work in all types of weather conditions
  • Performs all required duties with minimum supervision and meet deadlines