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Program Description

The Building and Facilities Maintenance program is a carefully designed sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the maintenance and repair of residential and light commercial structures and attendant fixtures and appliances. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of theory and practical application necessary for successful entry level employment in a non-manufacturing maintenance environment. Program graduates receive a Building and Facilities Maintenance diploma and have the qualifications of a facilities maintenance mechanic.

Nature of the Work

Heating and air-conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and the total air quality in residential, commercial, industrial, and other buildings. By providing a climate controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items. Heating, air- conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—also called technicians—install, maintain, and repair such systems. Because heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems often are referred to as HVACR systems, these workers also may be called HVACR technicians.

Employment

Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers held about 308,200 jobs in 2008; about 54 percent worked for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors.The rest were employed in a variety of industries throughout the country, reflecting a widespread dependence on climate-control systems. Some worked for refrigeration and air-conditioning service and repair shops, schools, and stores that sell heating and air- conditioning systems. Local governments, the Federal Government, hospitals, office buildings, and other organizations that operate large air-conditioning, refrigeration, or heating systems also employed these workers.About 16 percent of these workers were self- employed.

Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase 28 percent during the 2008- 18 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.As the population and stock of buildings grows, so does the demand for residential, commercial, and industrial climate-control systems. Residential HVACR systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years; the large number of homes built in recent years will enter this replacement timeframe by 2018.The increased complexity of HVACR systems, which increases the possibility that equipment may malfunction, also will create opportunities for service technicians.A growing focus on improving indoor air quality and the increasing use of refrigerated equipment by a rising number of stores and gasoline stations that sell food should also create more jobs for heating, air- conditioning, and refrigeration technicians.

Earnings

Median hourly wages of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers were $19.08 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $14.94 and $24.84 an hour.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.19, and the top 10 percent earned more than $30.59.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians and Aides, on the Internet at http://www.bls. gov/oco/ocos192.htm


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There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.


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Building Maintenance Diploma (56 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
 
Building Maintenance
occupational courses
AIRC 1005 Refrigeration Fundamentals
4
AIRC 1010 RefrigeratioPrinciple&Practice
4
AIRC 1020 Refrigeration Syst Components
4
BFMT 1030 Fund of Structured Maintenance
4
BFMT 1040 Building Climate Controls
3
BFMT 1050 Fundamentals of Plumbing
2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
ELTR 1080 Commercial Wiring I
5
ELTR 1205 Residential Wiring I
4
IDFC 1007 Industrial Safety Procedures
2
IDFC 1011 Direct Current I
3
IDFC 1012 Alternating Current I
3
IDSY 1150 DC and AC Motors
3
IDSY 1180 Magnetic Starters and Braking
3
 


View Available TCCs
General Maintenace Mechanic: GM41
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
IDFC 1007 Industrial Safety Procedures
2
AIRC 1005 Refrigeration Fundamentals
4
AIRC 1030 HVACR Electrical Fundamentals
4
AIRC 1040 HVACR Electrical Motors
4
BFMT 1030 Fund of Structured Maintenance
4
BFMT 1050 Fundamentals of Plumbing
2
ELTR 1080 Commercial Wiring I
5
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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
70
26
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Instructors & Faculty

Barnette, Wayne