Aircraft/Powerplant Mechanic

  • Job Code: W5092
  • Pay Grade:WM
  • Pay Scale:$20.91-$37.84 Hourly; $43,492.80-$78,707.20 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Perform inspection, maintenance, and repair of fixed-wing and rotary-wing airframes, power plants, and components to ensure airworthiness; inspect repairs of grounding malfunctions and certify the airworthiness of the aircraft.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Perform daily and periodic inspections of piston and turbine powered fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to ensure airworthiness in accordance with established regulations, maintenance manuals, and guidelines.
  • Perform skilled maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, components, flight instrumentation, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and other related equipment to correct discrepancies and malfunctions.
  • Inspect repairs of unsafe flight discrepancies and malfunctions and certify the airworthiness of the aircraft in accordance with manufacturer specifications and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  • Remove, replace, install, rig, calibrate, and test components to ensure proper operation in accordance with manufacturer specifications and FAA regulations.
  • Operate and maintain a wide variety of equipment used to repair and maintain aircraft.
  • Perform major and minor repair, overhaul, and alteration of aircraft airframe, power plant, propeller, and equipment in accordance with the manufacturer maintenance manuals and FAA regulations and return the aircraft to service in a safe and reliable condition as required.
  • Test repaired systems for proper operation.
  • Maintain maintenance logs and records as required by FAA regulations and internal policies.
  • Inventory, request, and maintain supplies and equipment required to perform aircraft maintenance and repairs.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft maintenance, repair, and alterations.
  • Working knowledge of airframe and power plant construction and operation.
  • Working knowledge of FAA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and other statutory and administrative guidelines related to safety and aircraft maintenance standards and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various test and servicing equipment used in the service and maintenance of various fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
  • Skill in using a wide variety of hand tools and test equipment to troubleshoot, maintain, and repair aircraft.
  • Ability to troubleshoot aircraft malfunctions and perform necessary repairs.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to identify trends in malfunctions and take appropriate actions to improve system reliability and safety.
  • Ability to read and interpret diagrams, sketches, and complex technical manuals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain work-related records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to climb, bend, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch at ground level.
  • Ability and willingness to be in an on-call status and respond to call outs, working non-standard duty hours and rotating shifts that include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds of aircraft repair materials and equipment over rough or uneven terrain.
  • Ability to work in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • Three years of experience in turbine engine helicopter maintenance and repair of which one year must have been with Bell or American Euro copter models.
  • One year of experience in single and/or twin engine fixed-wing aircraft maintenance.
  • An associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Possession of a current FAA Airframe and Power plant Mechanic certificate.
  • Two years of experience in turbine engine helicopter maintenance and repair of which one year must have been with Bell or American Euro copter models.
  • One year of experience in single and/or twin engine fixed-wing aircraft maintenance.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training