Responsible for field and shop repair and maintenance of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to ensure airworthiness. Under general direction, repairs, overhauls, inspects, maintains, cleans, and returns helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to service; performs related work as required. Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Aircraft Technician Supervisor as required. The duties and responsibilities of this class are governed by established maintenance schedules, limitations of shop and field maintenance facilities, and Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
Essential Functions (not intended to be all inclusive)
Troubleshoots aircraft malfunctions to accurately diagnose and repair problems.
Performs required maintenance and repair of aircraft systems and assemblies, including all hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical components, to maintain airworthiness of aircraft.
Performs inspections of aircraft to determine repair and maintenance work needed, and to recommend the feasibility of repairs.
Conducts and observes tests and systems checks with pilot during test flights to functionally test aircraft systems.
Assists other personnel as required to manipulate large, heavy, or awkward aircraft parts (e.g., the removal or replacement of the engine, main transmission assembly, etc.).
Maintains airframe and fuselage to control corrosion and preserve appearance.
Approves and returns aircraft to service after minor repairs and/or alterations.
Maintains logbooks and other records to provide required documentation of aircraft maintenance and repairs.
Maintains ground support equipment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
occupational hazards and appropriate safety measures.
Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) to perform and document aircraft maintenance and repair procedures.
Skill in:diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing aircraft and aircraft systems (e.g., mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural) involving the use of sophisticated testing equipment, meters, hand and specialized tools, schematics, etc.
interpreting complex technical information (e.g., parts manuals, maintenance manuals, manufacturers’ specifications, systems schematics, test data, etc.) to troubleshoot aircraft problems, prepare repair/modification estimates, perform repairs, and inspect aircraft.
the use of chemicals, detergents, and paints to control aircraft corrosion.
Ability to:respond “on call” to on-site and off-site locations to perform aircraft repairs.
move items of up to 85 pounds for distances of up to 100 feet to manipulate aircraft parts.
bend, stoop, and climb as necessary to access aircraft, components, and equipment to make inspections, diagnose malfunctions, and perform repairs.
understand and follow established programs and procedures of the aviation unit.
prepare detailed written documents.
communicate verbally with pilots and technicians to exchange technical information.
All Levels of Aircraft Technician Require:
high school diploma or possession of a G.E.D. certificate.
possession of a valid technician’s license with airframe and power plant ratings issued by the FAA.
possession of a valid Arizona driver license.
possession of a complete set of aircraft technician’s tools.
experience in the repair and maintenance of turbine helicopters, and/or single and multi-engine turbo-prop and reciprocating engine fixed-wing aircraft.
absence of violations of FAA regulations.
In addition to the above requirements, the following qualifications shall also apply:
Requires three (3) years of experience in the last five (5) years, maintaining helicopters and/or fixed-wing aircraft, with responsibility for completing major and minor overhauls to return helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to flight status.
Progression to the next step requires an overall performance rating of at least “Standard” in the last 12 months.
Must successfully complete the examination process.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Other Necessary Requirements
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
May work near moving mechanical parts.
May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.
May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
Exposure to loud noise (e.g., heavy motorized equipment).