Go to work sooner with Career Studies Certificate in Building Maintenance

~ Multicraft course of study covers array of maintenance skills ~

 
If problem solving and working with your hands is your forte, then enrolling at Paul D. Camp Community College for the spring 2017 semester may be the answer for you.
 
As a full-time student, you can get training that will earn you a Career Studies Certificate in nine months, which will qualify you for a number of positions in building maintenance.
 
The curriculum entails training in the basic principles and skills related to the following:

  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • electricity
  • plumbing
  • carpentry
  • safety
  • blueprint reading
  • welding

“The program benefits recent high school graduates, people transitioning from the military or displaced workers,” said Industrial Trades instructor Richard Baker. “There are a number of jobs that you can get with this credential.”
 
Careers range from maintenance and repair workers to first-line supervisors of housekeeping. Among jobs are positions such as facilities manager, equipment engineering technician, maintenance supervisor, environmental services director and housekeeping supervisor.
 
“With four additional courses, a student can also attain a Career Studies Certificate in HVAC,” said Baker.
 
Jobs for building maintenance positions are expected to grow 6 percent by 2024. The annual mean wage for general maintenance and repair workers in Virginia was up to a little more than $41,000 in May 2015.
 
“Since this is a 24 credit curriculum, the program is financial aid eligible to students who qualify,” said Baker. In addition, scholarships are available to those who have recently completed a GED.
 
Registration is underway with classes beginning January 9, 2017. For more information, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or rbaker@pdc.edu.