THE COUNTY COMMUNITY Ventura County is located on California's Gold Coast, approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature

Sheriff Helicopter Maintenance Technician

County of Ventura • 
Camarillo, California, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:


Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees.  The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home." 


Men and women diverse in skills but unified in purpose. This is the essence of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Our commitment to the security and safety of Ventura County residents is steadfast, and permeates our department strategy. 


Under direction, the Sheriff’s Helicopter Maintenance Technician rebuilds, repairs, and maintains helicopters in the Sheriff's Aviation Unit to ensure air worthiness and safe flight operation in support of law enforcement, search and rescue, and fire suppression activities. 

The ideal candidate will have experience working on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: It is distinguished from the Chief-Helicopter Maintenance Technician by the Chief's responsibility for scheduling and overseeing the work performed.

PAYROLL TITLE: Helicopter Maintenance Technician

AGENCY / DEPARTMENT: Sheriff / Aviation Unit

OPENING DATE:  September 2, 2022
CLOSING DATE:   Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Repairs, replaces, engineers or fabricates parts or components to rebuild or maintain airframes, flight controls, and drive train;
  • Maintains and repairs the helicopters and related accessories, including inspection and diagnosis of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and structural integrity;
  • Rebuilds military surplus or damaged civilian aircraft, including designing and manufacturing parts, utilizing parts from other helicopters and diverse manufacturers, designing modifications to assist with firefighting, search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, as well as law enforcement duties.
  • Performs both ground and in-flight testing of helicopters, systems, and components;
  • Records all maintenance work performed on each helicopter to comply with FAA mandates and the manufacturer installations;
  • Operates specialized shop equipment and tools including lathe, hydraulic press, drill press, grinders, milling machine, saws, welding apparatus, electrical test equipment, hydraulic power supply (hydraulic mule), and related hydraulic and electrical equipment;
  • Daily inspects helicopters to diagnose malfunctions and make repairs. Consults with pilots, crew chiefs and chief-helicopter technician to identify and isolate mechanical/electrical malfunctions; 
  • Keeps work area clean; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 
Job Requirements:

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: Considerable experience in helicopter maintenance which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by three (3) or more years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance of turbine-powered helicopters which has included two (2) years in an FAA-approved helicopter maintenance services program.

  • Must possess a FAA Airframe and Power Plant (A & P) Mechanics Certificate issued at least two (2) years prior to employment date. 
  • Must be able to perform in-flight testing of repairs on helicopters.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid California driver license at time of appointment.
  • Must have a wide-range of physical motion, able to work in confined spaces, lift more than 50 pounds, and be able to use all safety gear. 
  • Must be able to obtain a Department of the Interior Mechanic qualification and Department of Agriculture and Forest Service licenses/certificates for specific helicopters.


  • Experience maintaining and repairing helicopters with Lycoming/Honeywell T53 series engine, Allison/Rolls Royce 250 series engine, and Pratt & Whitney PT6T3, General Electric T701D engine series gas turbine and accessories.
  • Experience working with sheet metal fabrication
  • Formal job-related training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of: the maintenance and repair of the Bell  205, 206, 212, UH1, UH-60 and any other helicopters the County purchases; gas turbine engines, accessories, and fuel control; helicopter electrical systems.

Working knowledge of: helicopter aerodynamics, vibrations, and flight characteristics.

Working ability to: diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify maintenance and repair needs; read, understand, interpret, and cross-reference helicopter maintenance manuals, charts, graphs, and blueprints; engineer, fabricate, and install systems; maintain repair records according to FAA guidelines; identify and solve problems; completely strip and rebuild helicopters; maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.

Thoroughly skilled in: the operation of specialized shop equipment and tools.

Supplemental Information:
Work is primarily performed in a hangar or inside helicopters. Employees are exposed to mechanical and chemical hazards and must be able to perform in-flight testing of repairs on helicopters. Work requires a wide-range of motion, working in confined spaces, and lifting more than 50 pounds.     

Salary Range: $43.26-$47.64
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