Helicopter A&P Mechanic – California

Helicopter Mechanic

City of San Diego, Personnel Department •

San Diego, California, USA

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City of San Diego, Personnel Department

Job Description:

Helicopter Mechanic positions perform skilled and technical work including inspecting, repairing, overhauling, maintaining, servicing, and cleaning Bell 212/412 and Sikorsky S70i helicopters; examine and interpret information received from pilots and/or from tests to make adjustments and/or repairs to the aircraft; troubleshoot identified problems; initiate corrective measures and verify the resolution of the problems; read and follow manufacturers’ maintenance technical manuals, approved aircraft inspection programs, and Federal Aviation Association (FAA) airworthiness directives for the inspection, maintenance and repair activities of City helicopters; coordinate the ordering of parts and components; remove and replace small and large components; track components’ service life limits (time); inspect or overhaul at predetermined calendar or flight hour limits utilizing computerized record keeping and component record cards; schedule overhauls and maintain aircraft records; maintain and coordinate calibration of all tools and test equipment; return the aircraft to service; perform daily inspection of airframe, engines and all specialized equipment to include, but not limited to, rescue hoists, fire fighting tank and hover fill system, and forward looking infrared camera system (FLIR); perform engine compressor washing in accordance with engine manufacturers’ maintenance manual; attend aircraft and engine manufacturers’ training and maintenance managers’ conferences; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).
  • Helicopter Mechanic employees who operate commercial vehicles are required by California State Law, as a condition of employment, to submit to drug and alcohol testing. Prior to hire, a background check will be completed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and with former employers regarding drug and alcohol testing results.



Job Requirements:
You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Five years of full-time experience maintaining and repairing Bell 212/412 and/or Sikorsky UH-60/S70 helicopters, which MUST include three years of full-time helicopter field maintenance.
  • Two years of the five years must have been as an aircraft mechanic charged with completing major and minor repairs to return aircraft to service.
  • A valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic’s license.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
  • A valid California Class B Driver License with Hazardous Materials and Tank Endorsements is required within six months from date of hire.


  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.

Highly Desirable:

  • Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspection Authorization certificate.
  • Experience maintaining and repairing Bell 212/412 and/or Sikorsky S70i helicopters.
  • Completion of the Bell Helicopter 212 or 412 initial maintenance training.
  • Completion of Sikorsky UH60M or S70i initial maintenance training or military equivalent.
  • Completion of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3DF initial maintenance training.
  • Completion of General Electric T700/701 initial maintenance training or military equivalent.
  • Completion of the UTAS/Goodrich initial hoist maintenance training.

Required Documents (Must Submit with Application):

  • Proof of a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic’s license.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue – Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.

Screening Process:

Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; confirmation of full COVID-19 vaccination; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may be cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

COVID-19 VACCINATION: You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before your start date.

“Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or otherwise meets the criteria for full vaccination against COVID-19 as stated in applicable public health guidance, orders, or law. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization.
Candidates who receive a conditional job offer will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination.
Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.

Rev. 5 – January 20, 2023 (New Recruitment Date)

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