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

Credential Earned:

Certification

 

No. of Classes Required:

6 Classes, 175 accumulated hours

 

Approximate Cost:

$2800 for tuition and fees, textbooks are additional

Format:

In classroom

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. 

 

Contact Information:

Kelly Zajicek

443.412.2163

kzajicek@harford.edu

 

Requirements:

Must be 18 years of age or older and possess mechanical ability.

 

Tenth grade reading level preferred.

Courses 

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

 

 

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Employment

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.