Building Maintenance Certification

Learn to be the go to person

Would You Enjoy A Career Like This?

 Would you like to go to work each day expecting that you will be doing something different than the day before? General maintenance and repair workers often carry out a variety of tasks in a single day. You might enjoy this as a career if you are mechanically inclined, like keeping everything in proper working condition, troubleshooting issues, and fixing things that are broken. 

Most general maintenance and repair workers are a “jack of all trades.” They can handle electrical, heating and air conditioning, carpentry, and drywall repairs. Building maintenance workers also perform routine preventive maintenance and ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, systems operate efficiently, the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate, and perform safety checks.  You will need to be willing to handle tasks from general clean up to repairs, painting, and landscaping. You may want or need to learn additional skills as your career advances.

What This Career Could Mean For You

Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to grow about 8 percent during the 2016-26 decade. Schools, hotels, hospitals, office buildings, apartment complexes, arenas, and college campuses are just some examples of where building maintenance people are always needed.

General maintenance and repair workers in Maryland can earn up to about $51,000 per year, and some positions may include additional perks like use of a vehicle, or even an apartment at a reduced (or no) rent.

Building Maintenance Certification at HCC

Completing this program will allow you to obtain a certificate that gives you the skills to perform a variety of skilled duties in one or more of the building trades, such as carpentry, minor electrical, plumbing, dry wall or other recognized crafts for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or remodeling buildings and facilities, to include minor HVAC and other mechanical systems.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess mechanical ability
  • Tenth grade reading level preferred

Required Courses

  • Basic Carpentry
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Basic Electricity
  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Preparation for Refrigerant Recovery
  • OSHA 10-Hour

Recommended Additional Courses

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Boiler Plant Operator
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Forklift Certification

This program takes six to nine months to complete. Courses are offered year-round, in the evenings and on weekends. Not all courses are offered every term. Required courses total 175 accumulated hours.

The total approximate cost of this program is $2800 for tuition and fees for the required courses. Textbooks are additional and are available at the College Store in the Student Center.

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We also offer training utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Even if HCC doesn't have an expert to meet your needs, we can still help with this statewide partnership. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,  Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.