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Building Maintenance

General maintenance and repair workers often carry out a variety of tasks in a single day. If you are mechanically inclined, like keeping things in proper working condition, troubleshooting issues, and fixing what is broken, this career may be for you.

A building maintenance worker is a “jack of all trades.” They can handle electrical, heating and air conditioning, carpentry, and drywall repairs and perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines run smoothly, systems operate efficiently, and the physical condition of buildings do not deteriorate. They handle tasks from general clean up to repairs, painting to landscaping. 

Program Overview


Six courses, 175 accumulated hours

6–9 months 
Courses are offered year-round, evenings and weekends. Not all courses are offered every term. 


$2800 for tuition and fees, textbooks are additional

Must be 18 years of age or older and 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 Courses

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

Potential Careers

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.

* Completion of this program does not guarantee this salary.