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

This  TSA  workshop is  designed  for:

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

This workshop highlights the most 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 Landscaping, Carpentry, Flooring, Roofing, HVAC, Electrical, & Plumbing.

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 makes 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 Day:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Second Day:  8:30 am – noon
  1.  Landscaping
    • The importance of maintaining a clean and healthy grounds
    • Tools for the landscaper
    • Repairing and maintaining irrigation systems
    • How to prune different types of trees
    • The safe operation and routine maintenance of power equipment
  2. Carpentry
    • Basic Framing and carpentry techniques
    • Methods for building interior walls
    • Proper demolition techniques
    • Adjusting/repairing cabinet hinges
    • Techniques for hanging cabinets
    • Installing counter tops
    • Re-laminating counter tops
  3. Flooring
    • Anatomy of a floor
    • Installing and repairing sheet vinyl flooring and sheet vinyl tile
    • Installing laminate flooring and backer board and ceramic tile
    • Replacing a damaged ceramic tile
    • Proper techniques for drilling ceramic tile
    • Proper methods of cutting ceramic tile
    • Repairing a squeaking floor
  4. Roofing
    • Anatomy of a roof
    • Ladder safety
    • Roofing repair
  5. HVAC
    • How furnaces, heat pumps, swamp coolers, and air conditioners work
    • Maintaining a furnace, heat pump, swamp cooler and air conditioners
    • Installing and maintenance of a window air conditioner
  6. Plumbing
    • Understanding the basic concepts of a residential plumbing system
    • Special considerations for septic systems and well systems
    • Types of waste piping connections
    • Sloan flush valve basics
    • Additional plumbing code considerations
  7. Electrical
    • Understanding the basic concepts of electricity
    • Safety practices related to electricity
    • Understanding the basics of 120/240
    • Replacing a 240 volt receptacle
    • Replacing a circuit breaker
    • Installing a dimmer switch
    • Understanding and replacing the different types of fuses
    • Installing GFCI’s
    • Additional electrical code considerations
  8. Miscellaneous
    • Replacing a broken window pane
    • Proper techniques for cutting glass and plexiglass
    • Insulation and weather proofing basics
    • Preventing water/moisture intrusion
    • Techniques for setting fence posts
    • Proper techniques for repairing dry rot
    • Repairing cracks in concrete
    • Patching asphalt

      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 1