To REGISTER for this workshop, select the date and location in the box below.

This  TSA  workshop  is  designed  for:hobm2

  • Entry Level Maintenance Personnel
  • Custodians and Grounds Keepers
  • Maintenance staff who want to round out their maintenance knowledge
  • Housing counselors who need basic information for advising residents 

This workshop highlights common, basic maintenance techniques for trouble-shooting, making adjustments, testing for problems, making repairs, and doing replacements.  Many of the problems that are found in Facility Maintenance will be addressed, including the maintenance of Electrical, Plumbing, Windows, Doors, Siding, Custodial, Painting, Drywall, & Carpentry.

There will be numerous “hands-on” workstations available throughout the workshop to give participants plenty of opportunities to personally perform the building maintenance and home repair topics covered during the workshop.

Workshop participants will be taken step-by-step through the maintenance procedures listed on the agenda by our skilled workshop leader, who has had many years of experience working in the field of Building and Housing Maintenance, and who is known for making learning new skills easy and fun.

Participants will receive a detailed workbook that explains how to perform important beginning maintenance skills. This workbook can later be used as a reference guide when performing future maintenance tasks on the job.  TSA certificates will be presented to everyone who attends this training. 


First & Second Days:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Third Day:  8:30 am – noon
  1.  Overview of the maintenance field
    • Opportunities Available in the Maintenance Trades
    • Taking Pride in your Work and having a good work ethic
    • The Importance of Teamwork and Trust
  2. Safety in the maintenance profession
    • Understanding OSHA regulations and MSDS sheets
    • General safety related to using tools and equipment
    • Tips for safely using chemicals, cleaning products, paints, etc.
  3. Basic hand tools for the beginning maintenance tech
  4. Custodial
    • Properly cleaning a bathroom
    • Cleaning kitchens and kitchen appliances
    • How to clean windows, screens, and window tracks
    • Outdoor cleaning: rain gutters, siding, side walks, pressure washing, etc.
  5. Painting and drywall
    • Understanding different types of paint and caulking
    • Techniques for rolling, brushing, and spraying
    • Tips on repairing drywall damage
    • Wall paper removal
    • Storing paint, drywall mud, painting equipment and supplies, etc.
  6. Carpentry
    • Hand tools for carpenters
    • Power tools and their safe operation
    • Repairing and installing baseboards, door and window trim, etc.
    • Working with different types of materials
    • Measuring, marking, centering, and finding “level” and “plumb”
  7. Doors, Locks, and Security
    • Adjusting and repairing wood doors
    • Installing doorknobs and other door hardware
    • The importance of maintaining locks and security lighting
    • Installing weather-stripping for doors
    • Adjusting and replacing sliding closet doors
  8. Siding repair
    • Anatomy of an exterior wall
    • Siding repair
  9. Plumbing
    • Understanding the basic concepts of a residential plumbing system
    • Tools and materials for the plumbing trade
    • Troubleshooting toilet problems and replacing a toilet
    • Dealing with plumbing leaks and drain problems
    • Replacing and repairing faucets and sinks
    • Maintaining gas and electric water heaters
    • Basic plumbing code considerations
  10. Electrical
    • Understanding the basic concepts of electricity
    • Safety practices related to electricity
    • Tools and testers for the beginning electrician
    • Understanding a residential electrical system
    • Understanding the different types of wire and cable
    • Replacing outlets, lights and switches
    • Basic electrical code considerations
  11. Miscellaneous
    • Locating wall studs and using various types of wall fasteners
    • Replacing torn screen material
    • Common repairs and maintenance of refrigerators and ranges
    • Special considerations for unit turn-overs
    • How to inspect and assess a building for problem

To REGISTER for this workshop, select the date and location in the box below.

PLEASE NOTE: Each workshop needs to be registered for individually OR you can make a note in the comments section of the registration form that you plan to attend BOTH Part 1 and Part 2. If you do this, you do not have to fill in the registration form again for Part 2.

For information on the companion workshop: Hands-on Building Maintenance and Home Repair: Part 2