Building Services

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Special Admissions Program
(Counselor Recommendation Only)

Do you enjoy making repairs around the house? Do you have an interest in maintenance? If so, the Building Services program might be a perfect fit.

Building Services is a multi-skill program that prepares you for all phases of building maintenance. Instruction will emphasize the employability skills necessary for you to be competitive for employment in this industry. You will be trained in the basics of carpentry, electricity, plumbing, drywall installation, welding, and custodial services. In addition, you will practice safe work habits and learn job site procedures.


High School Credit
Building Services: 3.0, Technology: .5

Program Resources

Course of Study/Syllabus

Tool/Supply List

Building Services 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Mr. James Bell, The Mobile Teacher
Mr. James Catledge, Catledge Land Management, Inc.
Mr. Edward Donnelly, Western Reserve Property Management
Mr. Bob Fertal, Jr., The American Red Cross
Mr. Michael Greer, Precision Environmental Co.
Mr. Harley Miller, Grace Church
Mr. Steve Pateras, Pateras Welding
Mr. Todd Snay, Lowe’s Home Improvement
Mr.  Bill Stashkiw, Ball Chemical & Equipment Company
Mr. Raymond Timko, Ball Chemical & Equipment Company

Building Services - Baker

Teacher: Herb Baker

Teaching Certificate, Kent State University
Certifications: High Pressure Stationary License, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Dry Wall, Welding, Wallpaper, Painting, Vinyl Siding, Replacement Windows, Fork Lift Certification
Years at Polaris: 33
Industry Experience: 16 years employed as automotive technician for Goodyear Auto Service; technician trainer for Polaris Career Center; member of Automotive Technicians Association; NATEF Certified Instructor
Interests/Hobbies: Hot air ballooning, 17th century furniture making, traveling the world, instruments played – bag pipes


Basic Carpentry

  • Framing
  • Wall, floor, rafter, and stair construction
  • Vinyl siding application
  • Measurement fundamentals
  • Safety procedures in the work place

Basic Electrical

  • Wiring
  • Installation of lighting fixtures, various electrical switches, including single-pole, three- and four-way, and receptacles including GFI’s
  • Fixture repair and replacement

Basic Plumbing

  • Pipe installation including black pipe, copper, PVC and CPVD
  • Pipe threading
  • Sweating copper tubing
  • Hot water tank installation
  • Toilet, faucet, and garbage disposal installation and repair

Basic Drywall

  • Installation and repair
  • Finishing including taping, mudding, and skim coating
  • Surface preparation for painting and wallpapering

Custodial Services

  • Care and cleaning of various floor surfaces including tile, wood, and carpeting
  • Operation of floor care equipment including buffing machines, floor scrubbers, burnishers, and carpet extractors)
  • General custodial and maintenance tasks


  • Various power tools
  • Circular saw
  • Power miter saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Table saw
  • Jointer, planer
  • Cordless drill
  • Floor care equipment

Career Options

  • Carpenter’s helper
  • Plumber’s helper
  • Electrician’s helper
  • General custodial worker
  • Light maintenance worker

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Property manager
  • Sales person
  • Custodial supervisor
  • Maintenance engineer