City of Tampa

Police Aircraft Mechanic (#007420) N32

$31.76-$47.52 Hourly / $5,505.07-$8,236.80 Monthly / $66,060.80-$98,841.60 Yearly


This is skilled work in maintenance and mechanical repair of aircraft and related equipment.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for maintaining aircraft in a flight-ready condition ensuring compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Under general supervision of the Police Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor, the employee performs tasks which are of more than average difficulty requiring exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgement in maintaining, repairing and reconditioning aircraft engines, airframes and specialized aircraft equipment. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion through test flights by a certified police aircraft pilot.

Examples of Duties

Performs preflight check/inspection of every aircraft utilized during previous shifts, including visual, lights and fluids check; addresses pilot concerns; performs appropriate maintenance.

Accompanies pilots on test flights to determine/detect problems.

Inspects aircraft and equipment periodically to determine need for repair; locates, repairs, and reconditions aircraft engines, airframes and other standard or specialized aircraft equipment.

Performs preventative maintenance on rotary wing engines and air frames; tunes engines; makes repairs and adjustments as required.

Monitors flight times on each aircraft to plan scheduled maintenance and inspection times.

Maintains aircraft parts and equipment inventory; orders parts from various vendors/suppliers; reorders parts as necessary; handles shipping of aircraft parts or equipment for repair.

Performs maintenance of the aircraft shop and equipment and limited maintenance of the aircraft hangar; performs maintenance of some non-aircraft equipment, such as aircraft tugs.

Maintains repair logs for aircraft; researches records for time change items; prepares and submits reports as required.

Prepares all inspection paperwork, assembles necessary parts and tools; creates checklist for inspection packages prior to doing required maintenance/inspection.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: standard methods, practices, tools, and equipment of the aircraft mechanic trade; mechanics of rotary wing engines, airframes, and equipment.

Ability to: locate, define, and repair defects in aircraft engines, airframes, and other specialized equipment; maintain records and write reports; maintain parts and equipment inventories; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; read and interpret technical drawings, diagrams, and specifications; assist in training of personnel.

Skill in: use and care of the standard tools and equipment of the trade.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school, supplemented by graduation from a FAA approved airframe and power-plant school, and six (6) months of experience as a rotary wing aircraft mechanic preferably with Bell Helicopter and MD Helicopter experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a current FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate; preference will be given to individuals with a valid FAA Inspectors Authorization certificate.

Possession of a valid Florida driver's licenseĀ is required.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 007420; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 2/14/2018;