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Facilities maintenance technicians install, operate, maintain and repair piping and mechanical systems in large buildings. The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area jobs for facility maintenance workers will grow 13.1% through 2027.

Why choose Facilities Maintenance Technology at PCC?


The Oregon Employment Department reports that Portland area facilities maintenance technicians earn between $15.08 to $32.38 per hour. The average annual salary is $49,242.

Portland Community College offers a variety of facilities maintenance classes, certifications, and the opportunity to participate in on-the-job training. We have lecture and lecture/lab classes that give you a strong foundation in general maintenance skills, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R). We also offer an optional Employment Skills Training (EST) certificate.

Several industries, from semiconductor manufacturers to large hospitals, seek graduates of our program. PCC is renowned for providing students with a unique set of critical thinking skills that set them apart. In addition, most Facilities Maintenance Technology faculty possess advanced degrees and proven work experience in their fields.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Facilities Maintenance Technology2 years
Certificate: Facilities Maintenance TechnologyLess than 1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: HVAC/R InstallationLess than 1 year


What will you learn?

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Besides basic heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration, the Facilities Maintenance Technology program offers in-depth skills training in:

  • Adjustable speed drives
  • Boiler operation
  • Communication
  • Electrical concepts
  • Preventive maintenance skills
  • Problem-solving methods
  • Programmable controls
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Water treatment

What will you do?

A facility maintenance technician installs, maintains, and repairs HVAC/R (heating, venting, air conditioning, and refrigeration) and other equipment and systems where environmental quality is essential to the success of the company. Other specializations may include advanced digital control of computerized systems, natural gas equipment, and fiber optics.

Who will hire you?

A variety of companies seek facilities maintenance technicians. You may find work from companies such as:

  • HVAC/R service companies
  • Intel
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Northwest Natural
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland General Electric
  • Portland State University
  • Oregon State University
Help with finding a job

In addition to the PCC career guidance office, our program maintains a job announcements bulletin board. Employers regularly contact us seeking qualified technicians, and our technicians enjoy a high rate of placement. Another major benefit is that our program’s advisory committee is composed of those who work in the industry. This means you’ll receive tours and demonstrations relevant to prospective employers.

Next steps

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