Technical Certificate Programs
Apartment & Residential Technology
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.
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.
GEN101 - 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.
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.
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.
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.