Recruitment #1810-6340-001




The Tucson Police Department has an exciting career opportunity for a Helicopter A&P Mechanic. The Aircraft Mechanic is responsible for the inspection, service and repair of three Bell 206-type aircraft and associated aircraft accessories and equipment in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and manufacturer specifications. This position is responsible for ensuring the safety of all aircraft by scheduling and conducting regular maintenance as required by FAA guidelines.  

Established in 1871, the Tucson Police Department is dedicated to providing professional service to, and in partnership with, nearly one million Tucson metropolitan area community members. The Tucson Police Department enjoys a close collaborative relationship with our community and proudly incorporates community members on review boards, steering committees, and our basic and advanced training academies. In 2015, the Tucson Police Department was honored to be selected by the Department of Justice as one of fifteen model agencies of the Advancing 21st Century Policing initiative, a recognition of our commitment to the modernization of law enforcement practices.

This is an exciting opportunity to serve in a mission-critical position and lead your career while supporting the Tucson community. Be a part of this growing, innovative agency!  

The City of Tucson offers a robust total rewards package to include a comprehensive benefits package, retirement, paid-time off, tuition reimbursement, employee assistance programs, and professional development opportunities.

General Description

Certifies, maintains, overhauls and inspects helicopters and engines in accordance with regulations and standards.  Ensures compliance with contract requirements.

Essential Functions

Performs equipment inspections by making precise adjustments to mechanical and electrical systems, performing frequent multiple-point inspections on helicopters and engines, and tracking all components, engines, and accessories for life limit and overhaul requirements required by law or manufacturer.

Performs minor repairs and alterations on helicopter systems, accessories, and power plants, identifying performance issues, troubleshooting mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical problems, and installing replacement parts.                                           

Conducts major repairs and alterations by inspecting, disassembling, lubricating, repairing, and overhauling all major components when necessary, adding or removing extra aircraft equipment, and installing or modifying manufacturer's equipment.

Ensures aircraft meet airworthiness requirements by complying with manufacturers' service bulletins, technical bulletins, safety notes, Federal Aviation Authority's airworthiness directives, and experience  requirements.

Performs general hanger maintenance by cleaning hanger, preparing work area for inspections, maintaining tools, and complying with all Occupational Safety and Health Act standards and oversight agency requirements.

Performs related duties by contacting vendors, receiving/submitting estimates, researching and completing paperwork.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years inspecting, overhauling, maintaining and certifying helicopters and engines

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License 

Special Job Requirements

Federal Aviation Regulation Mechanics Airframe

Powerplant License

Federal Aviation Regulation Airport Annual Fire

Fuel Handler Training

Must provide tools except those specifically required for individual model of aircraft to be maintained

Selected applicants may be required to obtain a Certificate of Achievement from the Bell Factory Maintenance School within 18 months of hire date (paid by the City of Tucson)

Selected applicants who successfully complete the Bell Factory Maintenance School will be asked to commit to a minimum term of two years of employment. Employees who leave prior to the two year commitment may be required to reimburse the City for the cost of the Bell Factory Maintenance School.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous relevant field experience with Bell 206B3 and completion of  Bell Helicopter Field Maintenance Course

Previous relevant experience with the Rolls Royce turbine engine

Possess a Certification of Achievement from Rolls Royce

Possess Inspector Authorization (IA) certification

Knowledge and experience with software programs such as MS Word and Excel

Previous relevant experience with avionics- Technisonic, Garmin, FLIR SX16, Becker, NAT/AEM

Previous experience with Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) unit(s)

Aircraft Electronic Technician (AET)/Federal Communication Commission (FCC)/General Radio/Telephone Operator's License (GROL)

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: February 20, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

The Eligibility List may be used by the department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.  

Candidates placed on the Employment List will receive a contingent job offer and must successfully pass the following:

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks    
  • Driving History
  • A polygraph examination to verify information you have supplied in the background questionnaire 


Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the time of the Written Examination. Copies of DD 214s must reflect a characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Ashley Tellez at 520-837-7755 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

CONTACTS: Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. 

All email inquiries should be directed to Ashley Tellez, 520.837.7560 or email:  

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Respirator Physical

Long Audio Test

75 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.