BLMT 100 - Building Maintenance Level 1

This course will introduce learners to building maintenance work. Theoretical and practical instruction will cover safe work practices, trades math and financial calculations, the use and maintenance of tools, building structure and design, mould issues, general carpentry and drywall repair and maintenance, and as well as public relations skills.


Hours: 240 (Lecture Hours: 123; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 117)


Total Weeks: 8



- Successful completion of Grade 10, including English and Math, or equivalent

The following safety courses must be completed prior to the program start:
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid - Level 1
- Fall Protection
- Aerial Manlift
- Confined Spaces
*All five certificates must be valid throughout the certificate program.
Failure to provide proof of completion of these courses may result in immediate dismissal from the program.


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
Building Maintenance Work overview
- Building Types
- Maintenance Industry
- Trade terminology
Safe Work Practices
- WCB safety regulations
- Fire safety
- Personal safety equipment
- Safe use of ladders, scaffolding and platforms
- Lock-out procedures
Trades Math and Financial Calculations
- Metric/Imperial conversions
- Calculations using whole numbers and fractions
- Basic plane (2D) geometry- Building Maintenance Work overview
Use and Maintenance of Tools
- Hand, power and shop tools
- Disassemble, sharpen and reassemble cutting tools
- Measuring and testing devices
- Powder actuated tool certification
Building Structure and Design
- Federal, Provincial and local codes and by-laws
- Blueprints
- Concrete technology
Prevention and Remediation of Mould Issues
- Recognize, prevent, remediate
Carpentry Repairs and Maintenance
- Stairs, landings, hand rails and decks
- Hardware
- Concrete
- Windows and doors
- Baseboards, mouldings and casings
- Identify and locate cladding problems
- Identify infestation problems
- Assess need for a journeyperson and/or licensed contractor
Repair of Drywall
- Patch holes in gyprock, plaster and lath
- Tape, mud and install beads, sand and finish gyprock
- Repair insulation and vapour barriers
- Assess need for a journeyperson and/or licensed contractor
Public Relations
- Interpersonal skills
- Effective homeowner and tenant relations



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this level the Learner will be able to identify different types of buildings and the maintenance associated with them. Learners will understand and follow safe work practices required in the maintenance and use of tools relevant tools in order to perfom carpentry repairs and maintenance, drywall repairs and assess and resolve mold issues. The learners will also perform trades math and financial calculations and develop public relations skills.

Demonstrate firm understanding of Safety & Building Maintenance Practices

Demonstrate professional attitudes and good work habits

Demonstrate the proper use and basic skills of trade-related tools


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Percentage of Individual Work: 70


Percentage of Group Work: 30


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.