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Aircraft Mechanic

Company: Santa Barbara County, CA
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


We are accepting applications to fill two (2) vacancies in the Air Support Unit in Santa Ynez Valley. We are accepting applications to establish an employment list to fill current and future vacancies within the County of Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County's Fire Department and the Sheriff's Office each have one (1) vacancy. Please make sure you select on your application which locations you are willing to accept employment in.


POSITION: Under direction, maintains and repairs aircraft to ensure airworthiness and safe flight operation, and performs other related duties as required.


  • A reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
  • Integrity/good moral character
  • Initiative, drive & energy
  • A strong team approach
  • Good judgment under pressure
  • Effective communication skills


  • An admission of having committed any act amounting to a felony within five years in California, or in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • Currently on Probation or Parole
  • Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
  • Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
  • Recent use and/or possession of illegal drugs; Failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
  • Unfavorable work history
  • Poor credit history
  • History of committing domestic violence
  • Dishonesty or failure to reveal pertinent information
  • Any use or possession of marijuana within one year prior to application for employment

Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) and California POST Selection Standards:

Since POST standards adhere to both state and federal laws, the possession and/or sale of marijuana remains prohibited by federal law under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Therefore any candidate who uses / possesses and/or the sale of marijuana within the last year will result in disqualification. Examples of Duties

  • Performs preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs in both shop and field environments to helicopters using specialized equipment, in accordance with appropriate federal aviation regulations, manufacturer's recommendations, technical manuals, and industry standards; may be required to perform preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs to fixed-wing aircraft; and maintains standard inventory of spare parts necessary to conduct uninterrupted maintenance, modifications, and repairs.
  • Maintains a comprehensive record system of all maintenance work performed on each aircraft to comply with the component mandates of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the manufacturer.
  • Makes recommendations to the unit supervisor regarding the need for tools, equipment, and consumable items that may increase the efficiency of the aviation unit.
  • Assists in cleaning the aircraft and maintaining the aviation unit hangar and work area to ensure their clean and safe condition.
  • Attends training to maintain licensing requirements.
  • May drive departmental vehicles to pick up and/or deliver parts or components; and may be required to participate in test flights.
  • Incumbents in this classification may be assigned to drive fuel trucks, dispense fuel, and maintain records of fuel usage.

Employment Standards

Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings issued in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 65 subpart D, AND:

  • Two (2) years of post-certificate/ratings experience repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of Bell turbine-powered helicopters to service; or
  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, certificate, and ratings.

Note: Three years of pre-certificate/ratings military experience repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of Bell turbine-powered helicopters to service can be substituted for the required two years of post-certificate/ratings experience.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
  • Incumbents may have to obtain a California Class B Driver's License. If California Class B Driver's License is required, incumbent will also need to obtain hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements within one year of appointment.

Supplemental Information: Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B License will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Knowledge of: Bell helicopters maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; tools and equipment used for the maintenance and repair of Bell helicopters; record maintenance practices; and tools and shop safety practices.

Ability to: diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; learn fixed-wing aircraft maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; work effectively with other staff members, pilots, and Sheriff management staff; work under the direction of the hangar supervisor and/or a director of maintenance; keep detailed records; make independent decisions related to airworthiness; work without close supervision; and organize and prioritize work.

Additional Requirements: Incumbents must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed. and to travel to locations outside Santa Barbara County for periods of up to 14 days in support of incident activities.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Maintenance and repair experience on helicopter models and series currently operated by Santa Barbara County including Bell UH-1H, Bell 212, and Bell 206 B3 series.
  • One year of maintenance and repair experience on Cessna fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter models and series currently operated by Santa Barbara County.
  • Attendance at Bell and/or Cessna maintenance schools.
  • Federal Aviation Administration Inspection Authorization Certificate.

Supplemental Information


  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
  • Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Candidates will be emailed a notice to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline will result in disqualification from the selection process. Candidates, who successfully pass the PHQ, will be invited to the next step in the selection process.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

Appointee must successfully complete the following:

  • POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION will measure the accuracy of information disclosed on PHQ and background investigation process.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION includes an interview and in-depth background investigation of police records, personal and virtual character check, military, and employment histories; inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and is a safe driver.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, please visit our website:

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate

Statement of Commitment

The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: June 16, 2021 AT 5:00 PM PST. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at

If you have any recruitment questions, please email Karen Boyd at

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