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Facilities Maintenance

Program Requirements: 

Facilities maintenance is a career with a wide range of opportunities as well as potential for career advancement. The Facilities Maintenance program at Gateway Technical College is a one-year technical diploma program offered at the Kenosha Campus.

Facilities maintenance technicians typically perform building maintenance tasks ranging from basic repairs to operating computerized building automation systems. These skilled workers are needed in almost every institution from small schools and nursing homes to large universities, hospitals and major hotel and apartment complexes.

Students learn from instructors who have extensive carpentry, plumbing, electrical and building operation experience. The goal of the program is to train entry-level employees who understand the need for proper maintenance procedures and quality timely repairs. Hands-on training with equipment used in the field prepares graduates for maintenance work.

Gainful Employment Information

What does a facilities maintenance technician do?

Facilities maintenance staff is needed in most institutions, from small schools and nursing homes to large universities, hospitals and major hotel and apartment complexes. The field is filled with variety and challenges -- employees need to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and independent workers. Many jobs in the profession work around the clock so different shift opportunities are an option.

Facilities maintenance technicians will perform a wide range of duties while on the job including: maintaining and repairing machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings; troubleshooting and fixing faulty electrical switches; inspecting and diagnosing problems and determining the best way to solve the problem; performing routine preventative maintenance; assembling and setting up machinery; and performing general building cleaning and upkeep

Learning by doing

Students are able to learn hands-on in program labs by completing course assignments that mimic real project work in the field. Students will not only learn to operate the equipment found in the workplace but also how to complete typical jobs that facilities maintenance technicians would complete on a daily basis

This program provides the training needed to service, maintain and operate equipment found in public, commercial and other buildings. The required skills and knowledge that students will learn include basic carpentry, basic electrical, basic HVAC, basic plumbing, electrical control devices and safety. Graduates of this program can perform various building tasks from basic repairs to operating computerized building automation systems.

Many of the program labs in the technology wing of the Kenosha Campus have recently been extensively remodeled. Through partnerships with Trane, Bahco, and Snap-on Incorporated, state-of-the-art equipment and tools have been added to the new Facilities Maintenance lab, Refrigeration lab, Industrial Heating lab, and Electronic Energy lab.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, general maintenance and repair workers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2010, in the following industries; real estate, rental and leasing; manufacturing; government; educational services; health care and social assistance.

The Bureau of Labors Statistics predicts employment of general maintenance and repair workers will grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020.

The median salary for entry-level facilities maintenance workers is $16.70/hour. The rate jumps to $20/hour with five years’ experience.

Certification and Licensing

In cooperation with Snap-on, Incorporated, students are able to obtain Snap-on's Digital Multi Meter certification as part of the program coursework.



Larry Hobbs

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean