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Residential & Apartment Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Course Descriptions

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APP101 - Range Maintenance

This course develops specific skills in servicing gas and electric ranges. Students will learn how to interpret the schematic wiring diagram; how to repair the surface heating components; how to repair the bake and broil components; and how to repair the clock, timer and/or lights. Most importantly, the students will learn to make these repairs in a safe, efficient, and productive manner.

APP102 - Refrigerator Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing refrigerators. Students will learn how to interpret the schematic wiring diagram; trace the sequence of operation; test every component; diagnose the compressor; check for refrigerant leaks; recharge the system; and make all repairs in a safe, efficient, and productive manner.

APP103 - Dishwasher Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing convertible and built-in dishwashers. The students will learn to interpret the electrical diagram and trace the sequence of operation; specifically, the wash cycle, the rinse cycle, and the dry cycle. The students will also learn how to improve poor dish-washing results, improve poor drying results, and reduce noisy operations. Moreover, they will learn how to repair water leaks and how to make all repairs in a safe, efficient, and productive manner.

APP104 - Washer Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing automatic washing machines. The students will learn how to interpret the electrical diagram and trace the sequence of operation. Also, how to diagnose and repair the timer, the water system, the agitator and motor, the pump, suspension system, plus more. Students will gain exposure to safety information, tools, and testing equipment.

APP105 - Dryer Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing automatic dryers. The students will learn how to interpret the electrical diagram and trace the sequence of operation. They will learn how to diagnose and repair the controls, dryer timer, heating elements, thermostats, drum drive, motor and air flow, cabinet construction, and more.


ELE101 - General Wiring Maintenance

Electrical maintenance involves troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems inside the residence. Students will learn how to correctly install duplex receptacles, wall switches, lighting fixtures, duplex receptacles, GFCI's, AFCI's, fire and smoke detectors, 110 volt special purpose circuits, 220 volt range and dryer circuits, low voltage doorbell circuits, and more. The students will also learn basic principles of electricity, NEC codes, VOM and Amp meter usage, and safety hints.

ELE102 - Advanced Wiring Maintenance

This course develops skills in maintaining junction boxes, subpanels, and/or a main breaker panel. Also covered are ceiling fan installations, unique lighting plans in clubhouses, lighting plans exterior to the building, and electrical requirements at swimming pools. Also, the students will learn to interpret electrical drawings and schematic wiring diagrams. NOTE: Students are encouraged to bring their residential or communities electrical drawings to class for analyzing.

ELE103 - Aluminum Wiring Maintenance - workshop
This program is designed to help students understand how to maintain aluminum wiring branch circuits in accordance with applicable building codes.  This program covers procedures that will promote awareness to unsafe conditions, connection failure warning signs, routine inspections, and proper maintenance techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on making repairs in a safe, efficient and productive manner.


GEN101 - Careers in Apartment Maintenance - workshop
This course is designed to help students understand the role of a maintenance technician and to help them realize career opportunities in apartment maintenance. The students will gain exposure to different levels of apartment maintenance, job assignments and work expectations for each level, work order procedures, service calls after normal business hours, compensation trends, overtime pay requirements, customer satisfaction and resident retention, plus more.  The students will also gain exposure to employer benefit offerings such as health insurance; sick, holiday, and vacation pay; 401k or pension plans; and educational assistance.

GEN102 - Basic Electricity

This course develops skills in understanding electrical fundamentals as a prerequisite for diagnosing and repairing major appliances, heating and cooling equipment, swimming pool pumps and motors, and defective circuits in a home or apartment.  Specifically, the students will learn electrical theory, electrical terminology, ohms law, and electrical formulas. From a practical standpoint, students will learn how electricity is produced and distributed from the utility company, the demand for electricity in a home or apartment, how to diagnose failures using a volt-ohm meter, how to interpret diagrams and schematic, plus more.

GEN103 - Self Management

This course is a psychological approach toward improving attitudes and prepares students for entry level employment positions. It covers planning a career, projecting a professional image, developing skills, and understanding time management, human relations, methods of motivation, personalities, health, and leadership skills.

GEN104 - Supervision

This course prepares students for entry level supervision positions. The students will develop an understanding of various organizational structures and practices, supervisory methods and concepts, human relations policies, personal considerations, and supervision of maintenance activities.


HEA101 - Electric Furnace Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing electric furnaces. Students will learn electric heating principles; how to interpret the schematic wiring diagram; how to trace the sequence of operation; and how to test and evaluate the heating elements, fusible links, limit switches, sequencer, and more. Also, the students will learn how to make repairs in no heat situations, and more importantly, how to make those repairs in safe, efficient and productive manners.

HEA102 - Gas Furnace Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing gas furnaces. The students will learn to recognize the components, interpret the schematic wiring diagram; trace the sequence of operation; replace defective parts; and adjust the furnace for optimum efficiency. Also, the students will learn to make repairs in no heat situations, clean the furnace, check for gas leaks, check for carbon monoxide leaks and verify that a furnace is safe to operate.

HEA103 - EPA Technician Certification

The primary objective of this course is to prepare students for the EPA Technician Certification exam. It does not require a highly skilled service technician to pass the exam, but some background and experience will be helpful. The students will learn the potential of releasing CFC's and HCFC's into the environment, and information that will encourage them to comply with the Refrigerant Recycling Rule, which is section 608 of the Clean Air Act 1990, as amended CAA.

HEA104 - Air Conditioning Maintenance

This course develops skills in servicing air conditioners. Students will learn how to diagnose the electrical system, the refrigeration system, and the mechanical devices. Specifically, they will develop skills in recovery and evacuation, leak testing, troubleshooting the compressor for mechanical or electrical problems, charging and/or recharging the system, adjusting the unit for optimum efficiency, and making repairs in safe, efficient and productive manners.

HEA105 - Heat Pump Maintenance

This course studies the basic approach to servicing heat pumps. The students will learn principles of a reverse-cycle heat pump; identify and test the components; determine if the unit is heating or cooling by measuring line temperatures; adjust auxiliary heat; and various techniques that will improve the efficiency of a unit. In addition, the students will gain exposure to causes of failures, preventive maintenance techniques, safety information, tools, testing equipment, and most importantly, how to make all repairs in safe, efficient, and productive manners.

HEA201 - Worst Case Draft Testing
This course develops skills in evaluating the operation of vented combustion appliances under conditions which may not allow them to function properly.  Students will learn the importance of conducting a Worst Case Draft Test; set-up procedures for pressure testing the combustion appliance zone; how to determine the worst case configuration; draft test procedures for water heaters and furnaces; minimum draft testing requirements; and permanent corrective solutions that will minimize back-drafting and carbon monoxide poisoning.


INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal

This course studies the basic approach to improving the appearance of an apartment community, but with an emphasis on curb appeal. Students will learn how to maintain signs, gates, fences, flags and flag poles, walkways, trash barriers, grass, fertilizer, mulch, shrubbery, pots, and planters. The students will learn the importance of maintaining these items and developing positive impressions.

INT102 - Outdoor Accessories

This course develops skill in maintaining a basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, and/or children’s play area.  The students will learn how to maintain the court surface, make minor repairs, and remove obstacles that may be considered hazardous. Also covered are water fountain maintenance, sidewalk and step maintenance, and barbeque pit and fire pit maintenance.  Emphasis will be placed on keeping these items in good condition because they illustrate the quality of a facility or community.

INT103 - Exterior Maintenance

This course develops skills in making repairs outside the residence. The students will learn how to repair roofs, gutters and down spouts, exterior walls, screens and windows, doors and door locks, porches, patios, and decks. Also covered are safety awareness, tool selection, and construction materials. But most importantly, the students will learn to make repairs in safe, efficient, and productive manners.

INT104 - Interior Maintenance

This course develops skills in maintaining the interior upkeep of a property and to ensure that all vacant apartment units are thoroughly restored to a “market ready” condition, and in a timely manner. More specifically, students will learn procedures for repairing interior components such as ceilings, walls, floors, stairs, doors, cabinets, trim, and baseboards.  They will also inspect appliances, HVAC equipment, plumbing fixtures, and the electrical system for safety and functionality.

INT105 - Final & Inspection - workshop

This course develops skills in making final preparations before a facility can be leased. It mainly covers touch-up work that may have been damaged during the punch-out or cleaning process. It also covers inspections to assure that the facility is clean, all appliances are working properly, and that all repairs were made in a professional manner.

INT201 - Uniform Physical Inspections
This course develops skills in conducting inspections as covered under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development UPCS (Uniform Physical Condition Standards). Students will learn details about the UPCS protocol and procedures, deficiency definitions, inspection guidelines, scoring, technical reviews, and database adjustments.  Emphasis will be placed on achieving a 95-100% REAC score.  Additionally, the program includes a strategy that gets everyone involved.  This team approach will have the greatest impact towards helping your apartment communities achieve the highest score possible.

INT202 - Mold Remediation
This course covers the mold remediation process.  It begins by providing background information about mold and its origins.  Specifically, it defines mold (including characteristics and optimal, environmental factors for maturation based on type), mold’s different types and manifestations, health risks associated with exposure, and, finally, procedures associated with the detection, containment, removal, prevention and completion of the remediation process.


PLU101 - General Plumbing Maintenance

This course develops skills in solving plumbing problems in a home or apartment community.  The students will learn the anatomy of a plumbing system and how to make repairs at kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and water heaters. The students will also learn how to work with PVC, copper, galvanized, and black pipe.  Moreover, they learn how to cut, thread, flare, swag, and solder pipe.  Other topics include tools for the trade, pipe repair techniques, thawing frozen pipes, and opening clogged drains. Emphasis will be placed on making repairs in a safe, efficient and productive manner.

PLU102 - Advanced Plumbing Maintenance

This course develops skills in making plumbing improvements.  The technicians will learn to replace drains, vents and traps; cold and hot water supply lines; and how to install sinks, toilets and bathtubs.  Moreover, the technicians will learn how to use a drain machine, quiet noisy pipes, winterize plumbing devices, correct pressure problems, and more. Emphases will be placed on making repairs in a safe, efficient and productive manner.


SWI101 - Pool Codes

This course develops skills in understanding codes and regulations affecting public, semipublic, special-use, and private swimming pools and spas. Students will learn codes affecting the water supply and plumbing fixtures; sewer system and drains; depth markings; safety requirements, supervision and lifesaving equipment; disinfection and water quality; suits and towels for swimmers; cleaning pools; records of operation and supervision; supervision of personal conduct and regulations.

SWI102 - Pool Opening

Pool Opening covers activities related to draining and cleaning the pool; making floor and wall repairs where necessary; painting or acid-bathing; inspecting the chlorinator and chemical feeder; checking the valves, filters, strainers, motor and pump for proper operation; and filling the pool.

SWI103 - Pool Management

Pool management involves maintaining records and files on water testing; disease and accident prevention; pool operation problems and chemical adjustments; equipment maintenance; energy conservation; training personnel; and monitoring swimmers.

SWI105 - Pool Closing

This course develops skills in closing a pool.  It covers draining the pool; blowing out lines; winterizing the components; storage of equipment; and setting up circulation for winter water, plus chemicals.

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