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Class Code: 6264
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Summary Statement: Responsible for field and shop repair and maintenance of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft to ensure continued airworthiness. Repairs, overhauls, inspects, maintains, and cleans rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. Performs related work as required. Supervises Aircraft Mechanics and the Aviation Maintenance Assistant, inspects work performed and returns rotary and fixed-wing aircraft to service. 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)

1. Supervises and inspects the work performed by aircraft mechanics and aviation line personnel in order to ensure that maintenance is performed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Public Safety (DPS) procedures.

2. Maintains FAA Inspection Authorization to meet requirements of classification.

3. Schedules aircraft maintenance to ensure airworthiness of equipment.

4. Orders and maintains parts and tools inventory as needed to meet requirements for timely maintenance performance.

5. Inspects maintenance work on aircraft in order to approve the aircraft's return to service.

6. Troubleshoots aircraft difficulties with pilots and mechanics in order to accurately diagnose and repair problems.

7. Maintains written and computerized maintenance records and logbooks in order to track scheduled aircraft maintenance, ensure compliance with maintenance directives, and meet FAA regulations.

8. Supervises and/or performs required maintenance and repair of aircraft systems and assemblies, including all hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical components.

9. Manages the Aviation Section's progressive maintenance program for the Department's rotary wing fleet of aircraft while supervising and inspecting the work accomplished by other aircraft mechanics.

10. Prepares repair and/or modification estimates of aircraft in order to accurately forecast labor and materials costs.

11. Approves work orders and vendor invoices in order to authorize contract vendor services.

12. Maintains currency of aircraft technical library and ensures dissemination of information to aviation personnel.

13. Develops documentation on FAA Form 337 as required after major aircraft repairs and/or alterations in accordance with FARs and manufacturers' specifications.

14. Prepares bids and specifications as required by the Aviation Commander or administrative assistant for the purchase of aircraft, parts, equipment, or services.

15. Develops budget information in order to plan for fiscal spending needs.

16. Inspects aircraft tools, equipment, and facilities to ensure serviceability, accurate calibrations and safe conditions.

17. Operates aircraft for ground runs, checks and tests as required in the performance of maintenance procedures.

18. Conducts and observes tests and systems checks with pilot during test flights in order to functionally test aircraft systems.

19. Performs mathematical computations to ensure proper aircraft weight and balance data.

20. Maintains airframe and fuselage to control corrosion and preserve appearance.

21. Manages and oversees the Aviation headquarters hangar and maintenance facility, allied shops, parts inventory, tool room and specialty tools, service supplies, specialized maintenance and ground support equipment and building plant equipment.

22. Participates in senior pilot meetings in order to discuss and coordinate current technical information.

23. Develops special equipment or procedures to meet specific DPS operational requirements.

24. Develops regular inspection programs to meet schedule requirements and minimize down time for DPS aircraft.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that relate to maintenance procedures, operations, and documentation.

2. the principles and practices of supervision to direct activities of aircraft mechanics and aviation line personnel.

3. management principles to implement and direct a comprehensive aircraft maintenance program.

4. aviation maintenance programs.

5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

6. the techniques and procedures employed in quality assurance programs to develop, implement, and conduct a quality assurance program.

Skill in:

1. preparing detailed written documents using prescribed formats to prepare repair estimates, FAA reports, maintenance records, log books, budget information, and bid specifications.

2. interpreting complex technical information (e.g., parts manuals, records, manufacturers' specifications, schematics, test data) to troubleshoot aircraft problems, prepare repair/modification estimates, maintain parts and tools inventory, perform repairs, and inspect aircraft.

3. conducting quality assurance and quality control operations.

4. the use of chemicals, detergents, paints, and other elements to control aircraft corrosion.

5. organization and planning to develop a comprehensive aircraft maintenance program.

6. diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing aircraft and aircraft systems (i.e., mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural) involving the use of sophisticated testing equipment, meters, tools, schematics and diagrams, etc.

7. time management to develop inspection, maintenance, and manpower schedules.

8. performing intermediate mathematical computations (e.g., area, volume, ratio proportion and percentages) to calculate aircraft weight and balances.

9. communicating verbally with pilots and mechanics for the purpose of exchanging technical information.

10. performing aircraft inspections and repairs in accordance with FAA regulations.

11. developing resolutions to operational problems by designing special equipment or procedures.

12. the operation of a personal computer.

Ability to:

1. move items of up to 75 pounds for distances of up to 100 feet to manipulate aircraft parts.

2. respond "on call" to on-site and off-site locations to prepare aircraft for return to service.

3. bend, stoop, and climb as necessary to access aircraft, components, and equipment to make inspections, diagnose malfunctions, and perform repairs.

4. understand and follow established programs and procedures of an aviation unit.


May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes or dust, and toxic or caustic chemicals.

Exposure to moderate (e.g., light motorized equipment) to loud (e.g., heavy motorized equipment) noise.

Minimum Qualifications: All Levels of Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor require:

1. High school diploma or possession of a G.E.D. certificate.

2. Possession of a valid mechanic's license with airframe and power plant ratings issued by the FAA.

3. Possession of a current inspection authorization certificate (IA) issued by the FAA.

4. Possession of a valid Arizona driver license.

5. Possession of a complete set of aircraft mechanic's tools.

6. Experience in the repair and maintenance of turbine helicopters, and/or single and multi-engine turbo-propeller and reciprocating engine fixed-wing aircraft.

7. Absence of violations of FAA regulations.

8. Ability to pass FAA Class III physical (medical) examination without waiver.

In addition to the above requirements, the following qualifications shall also apply:

Requires three (3) years of experience as an Aircraft Mechanic with the Department of Public Safety, or three years of experience as an aircraft maintenance supervisor.
Progression to the next pay level/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

Current as of: 7/24/2014 2:41:03 PM