Introduction to Apartment Maintenance

The Introduction to Apartment Maintenance Technical Certificate Program is designed to help students begin a career as a maintenance technician. They will understand the role of a maintenanceIntroduction to Apartment Maintenance technician and gain exposure to HVAC maintenance, grounds maintenance, and interior building maintenance. More specifically, they will develop skills in restoring vacant apartment units to a “market ready” condition.

This program consists of eight courses:
GEN101 - Career Opportunities in Apartment Maintenance
GEN102 - Basic Electricity
HEA101 - Electric Furnace Maintenance
HEA102 - Gas Furnace Maintenance
HEA103 - EPA Technician Certification
HEA104 - Air Conditioning Maintenance
INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal
INT104 - Interior Maintenance

There are no prerequisites… but we recommend that students pursue the courses as sequenced above, and mainly because, the set of courses are designed to build upon each other.

The duration of this program is 480 clock hours or 16 semester credits. AC/C TECH utilizes the clock hour method for determining academic units of measurement. Whereas each course is designed to have 60 clock hours of specialized technical training. The following is a typical breakdown of the course activities: reviewing the course syllabus = 1.0 hour, reading technical assignments = 3.0 hours, analyzing handouts = 1.5 hours, playing lectures = 4.5 hours, taking quizzes = 3.0 hours, watching reference videos = 1.5 hours, doing lab assignments = 7.5 hours, completing the final examination = 2.0 hours, attending the student verification assignment = 1.0 hour, doing OJT assignments = 30.0 hours, attending web meetings = 4.0 hours, and pursuing tutoring, if necessary = 1.0 hours.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and repair HVAC equipment.
  • Explain the upkeep and maintenance required at a property to maintain its curb appeal.
  • Inspect and restore vacant apartment units to a “market-ready” condition.
  • Develop professional documentation of tasks completed and customer relation skills.
  • Solve job assignments within industry standards and governmental regulations.

Graduates will be awarded a Technical Certificate in Apartment Maintenance Technology, and EPA Technician Certification as approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Academic Calendar

Students are assigned one course monthly until graduating from the program. No courses will be assigned during the months of June, July, and August because administrators from the apartment industry prefer 100% participation towards restoring vacated apartment units during summer months. In contrast, if a student fails a course, he/she may retake the course during June, July, and August. This waiver allows everyone to remain on schedule towards pursuing subsequent courses and graduating together.

The table below represents how a typical student will progress through the program.

Course Date Location
GEN101 - Career Opportunities in Apartment Maintenance TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
GEN102 - Basic Electricity TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
HEA101 - Electric Furnace Maintenance TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
HEA102 - Gas Furnace Maintenace TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
HEA103 - EPA Technician Certification TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
HEA104 - Air Conditioning Maintenace TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training
INT104 - Interior Maintenace TBD - Call 317-545-7071 Online Training

Course Descriptions

GEN101 - Career Opportunities in Apartment Maintenance

This course will help students satisfy AC/C TECH’s provisional admissions policy. This course is designed to help students understand the role of a maintenance technician and to help them realize career opportunities in the apartment industry. The students will gain exposure to different job levels, Job assignments and work expectations for each level, work order procedures, service calls during and 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. Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to realize career opportunities in the apartment industry. Moreover, they will be able to decide if apartment maintenance is a desirable career track.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuition & Fees

Item Description Cost
Tuition 8 Courses @ $250 Each $2,000.00
Required Books Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology 8th Edition
by Whitman, Johnson and Tomczyk
ISBN 978-130-557-8296
$148.75
Required General Tools Plastic Tool Box with Lock, 25 Ft. Tape Measure, 16 oz Hammer, Utility (Box) Knife, 15" Utility Bar, Phillips & Standard Screw Driver Set, 6 in 1 Screw Driver, 12" Adjustable Wrench, 12" Channel Locks, 10" Slip Joint Pliers, 8" Needle Nose Pliers, 8" Lineman Pliers, Torpedo Level, Wire Strippers, Wire Rippers & Gauge, GFI Receptacle Tester, 6" Drywall Taping Knife, and Hand Sander or Sanding block. $218.43
Required Specialty Tools VOM Meter - fused protected, 2 Pocket Thermometers (range -10 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit), Manifold Pressure Gauge Set, Refrigeration Service Wrench, Telescopic Inspection Mirror, and Furnace Brush. $210.12
Required Safety Equipment Cloth Gloves, Eye Protection and Dust Masks $10.52
Uniforms Recommended $160.00
  Total Cost $2,747.82
Note: Students are responsible for acquiring books, tools, and supplies. Acquiring uniforms is optional. The fees are based on pricing from Menards website, however, the items can be obtained from any source. There are no other fees.