Facilities technology-Structural Trades

Construction Trades StudentFacility Maintenance Technicians and skilled construction workers are in short supply throughout Alaska today, both in urban and in rural areas. As a result, graduates of AVTEC's Construction program enjoy excellent job opportunities and good pay whether they work in the residential, commercial, or new construction fields. Students in this program receive basic training in maintenance and construction practices in carpentry, plumbing, heating, and electrical systems--a wide variety of experience that prepares them for entry-level employment and apprenticeships in the maintenance and building trades.


To provide training through classroom instruction, demonstration, and practical application, methods for installation, maintenance, service, repair and diagnostics to maintain installations and repair various facility equipment.

Length of Course

1,316 clock hours, 188 training days


Early January, Late August

Training Hours

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Construction Prerequisites

Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieve top graduation levels and the best paying jobs. For specific program entry guidelines and testing requirements in reading and mathematics, contact the Admissions Office at (800) 478-5389.

TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading - 555
Combined Math - 552

Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs., and stoop, kneel, crawl, and walk continuously. It also requires being able to work from a ladder at heights up to 30 ft. The occupation may also require working outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions where physical hazards may exist.

Students who wear prescription glasses are recommended to have prescription safety glasses.

Occupational Levels

Occupational levels of Building Maintenance Repairer and Building Maintenance Repairer Helper will be assigned upon successful completion of the training program based on the student’s proficiency of the program’s competencies.

Program Content

To achieve a Facilities Technology-Structural Trades certificate, students must complete the following requirements.

Construction Trades Hours
Carpentry 455
Plumbing 161
Residential Electrical 420
Heating 210
Related Studies 70



Program Content Detail

Related Studies

Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, obtain First Aid & CPR card, complete basic applied mathematics, participate in resume writing and job search training, and participate in interview and communications training. Complete OSHA 10 hour certification.

Note: First Aid & CPR, job search and job interview training will be optional and offered in evenings or on weekends.


Identify major skills and opportunities in the facility maintenance/construction careers; practice personal and general construction safety habits, and safe operating procedures for carpentry hand tools and power tools; correctly interpret construction blueprints; identify and correctly utilize common building materials; correctly construct common residential building foundations; correctly identify and install wood frame construction members; practice sheeting and roofing skills; select and install insulation systems and structures appropriate for cold climates; practice sheetrock and painting skills.


Discuss career options in the plumbing trade; practice personal and general construction safety habits, and safe operating procedures for plumbing hand tools and power tools; identify, select, and correctly utilize common plumbing materials; identify, select and properly install common plumbing systems, fixtures and appliances.

Residential Electrical

Practice personal and general construction safety habits and safe operating procedures for residential electrical hand tools and power tools; apply Ohm’s law to analyze common electrical power circuits; practice residential electrical wiring skills; refer to the NEC to answer typical residential electrical construction code questions; interpret electrical construction drawings or blueprints to determine wiring and electrical installation requirements, circuit prints and develop take-offs; use a scale to determine material requirements; practice common electrical troubleshooting techniques.


Determine heat content of heating fuels; describe common methods of converting fuels to heat; correctly select, install, and maintain common gas and oil heating equipment; refer to the NEC to answer residential electrical construction code questions.

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