Building Maintenance

Certificate Programs: Building Maintenance

The 175-hour Building Maintenance Competency Based Certificate is a series of five job related courses that teach how to keep a commercial or industrial building operating efficiently and effectively.  This skill-based short-term training program teaches techniques to help you work more effectively in your current job or to update your skills for a new career.  You may take one, two, or three courses; whatever meets your needs. However, to earn the Competency Based Certificate you must take all six required courses.

  • Principles of Electricity
  • Principles of HVAC
  • Boiler Room Maintenance
  • Steam Plant Operations
  • 10 hr OSHA

You will learn the basic skills needed to maintain boiler and steam systems; basic electricity and HVAC.  In addition, you will earn a 10-hour OSHA construction card, and will earn EPA certification to handle refrigerants based on successful completion of the EPA exam. Anyone completing Boiler Room Maintenance and Steam Plant Operations is eligible to sit for the exam to obtain a 2nd class fireman's license from the City of Des Moines.

Building Maintenance personnel perform work involving keeping machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

Should you have any questions please free feel to contact Curt Buhr, Continuing Education Coordinator, at 515-256-4902, or email

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