Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Facilities Management course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Facilities Management Introduction to Basic Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing Advanced HVAC, Introduction to Masonry, Landscaping and Welding Advanced Troubleshooting of Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing Systems, Introduction to Energy Management Systems

This course covers the overall management of a maintenance program in a commercial, industrial or residential building. The curriculum includes: general building repairs, including but not limited to Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Masonry, Plumbing and Solar operation and repairs. It also includes familiarization with welding, metal fabrication, landscaping maintenance and mechanical repairs. Students will learn building and shop safety, including acquiring their OSHA 10 card. They will learn the theory of Plant and Building maintenance. Students will be taught and will practice customer service skills and organization of work tasks. They will also be introduced to “Green Building” including but not limited to gray water, indoor air quality, renewable energy, sustainable materials and volatile organic chemicals.

Students will learn how to read, draw, interpret and wire basic electrical circuits in a safe, efficient and workable manner. The students will learn how to use voltage testers, continuity testers and basic electrical hand tools. They will learn the theory of electrical and plumbing because of its importance as a licensed trade that pertains to the health and welfare of individuals. The students will also learn how to safely operate oxy-acetylene, mig and arc welding equipment. They will learn and practice basic masonry repair skills and how to prepare, prime and paint different types of materials. The course covers all the trades which pertain to the program.

Students will advance toward OSHA 30 certification. They will learn how to use basic HVAC equipment and testing instruments and how to use those aspects that he/she has learned in shop by actively participating in the repair, maintenance and general upkeep of the school building and grounds. The students will learn how to prepare and pour concrete forms as they pertain to the maintenance and upkeep of a physical plant. Low voltage systems including but not limited to security, voice, video and data systems, fire alarms and emergency lighting systems will also be taught. Students will learn and install all types of door and cabinet locks and mechanisms including door openers. They will learn how to program locks and key fobs and cut traditional keys.

Students will learn the theory of developing troubleshooting skills along with completing repairs within the building and grounds. The instruction and practice of energy management systems will be put into practice. Off-campus maintenance of a sister school and/or local facility will be arranged to increase the students’ knowledge and skills of other buildings. Mechanical and architectural drawing will be taught in-depth.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or four-year facilities management degree at a college or university. Students can obtain immediate employment in building facilities maintenance both large complex residential and commercial buildings. Graduates will also be able to enter employment in green technology areas, including but not limited to solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and geothermal.

Some courses may not be offered at every school.