The Phoenix Police Department’s Air Support Unit has traditionally embraced “Patrol Support” as its primary mission. This means that the unit is there to help those officers in patrol cars out on the street do their job more effectively. This mission has the aircraft responding directly to the needs of the individual citizen that call 911. The police helicopters have not only provided a police presence over a crime scene in two minutes or less, but have also drastically reduced the city’s exposure to liability in various police incidents. In addition to being an aerial platform for officers, the aircraft can actually take over certain situations, such as vehicular pursuits, allowing officers on the ground to keep a safe distance. This ability to have an aircraft follow speeding vehicles keeps patrol officers from endangering citizens by driving at unsafe speeds to apprehend suspects. This technique saves lives and reduces city liability. The police helicopter allows the officers onboard to scan an area much greater in size than any ground officer ever could, thus covering a tremendous area.

The Air Support Unit has proven itself to be a highly skilled and diverse team. The mission of the Unit has grown to include Search and Rescue work as well as fire fighting responsibilities. As the city continues to grow, so does the demand for police air support.

The Avionics Technician – Areospace (User Technology Specialist*U2) is an important role on the Air Support team and is responsible for the day-to-day avionics, communications, and electrical system maintenance for a fleet of helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. The technician will perform installations, inspections, tests, diagnostics, and repair of avionics equipment, electronics, mapping systems, searchlights, infrared camera systems, electrical wiring, and electrical systems, including radio, navigation, flight control, auto-pilot, lighting, and electrical systems.

The technician will also perform aircraft preflight and on occasion mechanical maintenance tasks. The Air Support Unit operates a fleet comprised of 5 patrol helicopters, 1 rescue helicopter, and 3 fixed wing aircraft utilized for patrol and surveillance operations.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


· Experienced working with avionics, aircraft electrical systems and wiring, to include the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of these aircraft systems / components.

· FAA licensed, Airframe or Airframe & Powerplant license.

· Candidates with training, military experience, or trade school certifications in electronics, avionics or mechanical fields ( aerospace, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

· Strong analytical, numerical, and reasoning abilities are needed.

· A technical background and demonstrated skills in learning/absorbing technical products is needed.

· Demonstrated success in problem solving skills.

· Passionate about follow-up and follow-through with the ability to multitask daily.

· Excellent written and verbal communication and collaboration skills.

· Results-oriented individual that thrives in a fast-paced environment.


$57,075.20 – $86,902.40 annually. Candidates may be hired up to $86,902.40 depending upon qualifications.


A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.

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· One year of experience in systems applications analysis, programming, or telecommunications functions utilizing a variety of hardware and software or installation and maintenance of digital systems, radio, and electronic communications systems;

· OR One year of experience in telephone station equipment and related telecommunications distribution systems;

· OR One year of experience in avionics maintenance;

· And course work including training or experience with one or more work station computers and one or more programming languages and one or more operating systems.

· Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted.

· The City job description can be found here.

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The City of Phoenix has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling from a federal judge which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide. If the requirement is reinstated, the City of Phoenix may require new hires to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment. After a conditional offer has been extended, candidates may request a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.


The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

· Three years of recent experience on avionics radios and/or navigation system installations and repair.

· Three years of recent experience performing scheduled inspections and maintenance on avionic systems.

· Three years of experience performing avionics system troubleshooting and repair.

· Proficient performing altimeter, ATC transponder, automatic pressure reporting and pitot static system 2-year certification (CFR 91.411 / 91.413 Appendices E & F of CFR part 43).

· FAA Airframe Certification / License required.

· Proficient inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing aircraft electrical wiring and components.

· Working irregular hours, second and/or third shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings will be required.


Recruitment closes February 21, 2022. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

HOW TO APPLY Apply online at https://www.phoenix.gov/hr/current-jobs/ by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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User Technology Specialist, JC:09800, ID# 43851, 1/21/2022, 6 mos, SA, Benefits: 007

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