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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Building Maintenance

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The Building Maintenance certificate is a series of job-related courses that provide a person with an understanding of how to keep a commercial or industrial type of building operating efficiently and effectively. Skill training enables a maintenance specialist to do the job from the first day of employment.

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Semester 1

Option 1 - Select 1

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 7

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Students can expect to spend approximately $100 per course on textbooks, for an approximate textbook total of $400.
Costs can be reduced by renting textbooks or buying e-texts.

Approximate total for certificate: $1,401*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Organize work schedule of jobs needing completion.
• Maintain records of work completed.
• Maintain and repair various mechanical components of a building, such as door and window hardware.
• Carry out minor plumbing and electrical work for maintenance.
• Operate and maintain the heating and cooling system.
• Maintain the building for safety standards

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Demonstrate mechanical ability through use of hand and power tools.
• Visualize components and their relationship to each other.
• Demonstrate organizational skills in planning the work schedules.
• Demonstrate organizational skills and attention to detail in keeping records of work completed.
• Be a self-starter and work with little supervision.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

• Trained mechanical personnel can add to the profitability of a building by applying knowledge of energy conservation.
• This program may be a stepping stone for additional or in-depth knowledge in any one area.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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