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If you have an interest in problem-solving, working with your hands, or making a drawing come to life, consider a career in the skilled trades. Different positions are available from repairing heating and air conditioning units to installing fiber optic cable to working as a maintenance technician in a local apartment complex. Gain the knowledge and skills you need today for a career in building, construction and other vocational trades.

Course Details & Registration Information

Facility Maintenance Fundamentals
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Students interested in the Apartment Maintenance field
This course prepares students for an entry-level employment in facility maintenance. It covers principles of electricity, HVAC, plumbing, troubleshooting,safety, customer service, cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first Aid. The course includes lectures and hands-on labs. On completion, students will have met one of the requirements for the Apartment Maintenance Technicians Pre - Apprenticeship Program and you will be eligible to take the Electrical Employment Ready Certification Exam. There is a separate $15 Electrical exam fee, payable by credit or debit card. In addition students will take the “N.C. Career Readiness Certification ”, which assesses the student's skill level in three areas: Reading, Mathematics and Information Localization.
Course Objectives
  1. have appropriate knowledge of the maintenance industry
    have the ability to utilize the appropriate safety requirements needed to complete tasks safely
    Understand principles of electricity, plumbing and HVAC
    have the ability to perform CPR if necessary
    have the ability to use customer service skills appropriately to provide quality services; attained a Bronze, Silver or Gold CRC certification
Outline of Instruction
  1. Safety
    a.Working with Personal Protective Equipment

    2. CPR and First Aid

    3. Introduction to Maintenance
    a. Overview
    b. Math for Trades Review
    c.Facility Maintenance Processes
    d.Career opportunities in the maintenance industry
    e.Role of the Facility Maintenance technician
    f. Career Readiness Certification Pre-Assessment

    4.Introduction to Electricity
    a.Electrical Safety and Hazard Awareness
    c.Circuits and Their Components
    d. Understanding Wiring Diagrams

    5.Introduction to HVAC
    b.Automated Control Systems

    6.Introduction to Plumbing
    a.Water Distribution
    b.Drain Systems

    7. Employability Skills
    a. Customer service
    b. Interview skills
    c. Write a resume
    d. Career Readiness Certification Assessment

    Note: Instructors may change the course schedule to better serve the students in the class
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
American Heart Association, ESCO Institute, Apprenticeship NC
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. CPR Card
    Electrical Employment Ready Certificate
    CRC Certificate
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Electrical Theory and Application for HVACR- ISBN # ISBN 1-930044-32-1
Handouts will be provide by the instructor.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Electrical, HVAC and Computer Lab
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e., be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). If a student has extenuating circumstances causing absences of greater than 10% of the class time, the student must make arrangements with the instructor to provide evidence of keeping up with the class material and making up the work, exercises, and projects missed; or demonstrate competency in the course objectives. Students with irregular attendance, less than 90% attendance, or is unable to demonstrate competency will receive a grade of NG (no grade).
  4. Student must have 100% attendance during the CPR training to receive the CPR Card.
  5. Students must arrive on time on testing day. Students will not be allowed into the classroom after the test begins. NO makeup testing dates will be offered.
  6. Lab exercises, when applicable, are due on the date assigned by the instructor. Late assignments may be accepted only at the instructor’s discretion
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Students interested in the Apartment Maintenance field
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Facility Maintenance Technicians and/or
Apartment Maintenance Technicians
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Maintenance Technician
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Maintenance Technicians
Related Courses
  • Apartment Maintenance Technicians Training - MNT-3066B2
Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department