Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Facilities Maintenance Fundamentals


 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    133

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    030208

 EPC:    129

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to facilities maintenance, including basic grounds maintenance, facilities sanitation, solid waste disposal procedures, and routine and planned/scheduled park maintenance. Examines maintenance and upkeep requirements of specialized amenities, roads, signage, and waterfront facilities. Considers budget process considerations, common procurement practices, and recycling. Focus is on risk management as well as techniques leading to enjoyable showplace park facilities for public use.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Express knowledge as to the routine daily, weekly and monthly cleaning requirements associated with the upkeep of kitchen shelters and comfort stations of various types, both interior and exterior.
  2. Develop a routine cleaning and inspection schedule for various types of park facilities with an eye to maintenance, repair, safety, and risk management.
  3. Know the difference between expendable and non-expendable supplies associated with facilities maintenance and operation.
  4. Differentiate between routine maintenance, planned maintenance, emergency maintenance, and the various budgeting methods behind each.
  5. Associate and predict risks as they relate to a failure to conduct routine inspections and deferring maintenance.
  6. Know basic requirements of grounds maintenance and risk assessment as it relates to trimming, mowing, fertilization, application of herbicides, and irrigation standards.
  7. Understand specialized maintenance and upkeep requirements of waterfront facilities.
  8. Know the steps associated with the normal replacement of common items found in park facilities, campgrounds, playgrounds, and interpretive areas.
  9. Consider fleet maintenance requirements, normal life expectancies, and consequences of deferred maintenance.
  10. Understand aspects of trail maintenance and upkeep.
  11. Understand how the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 mandates standards for accessibility within recreation and park areas.
  12. Display a working knowledge of water and sewage/septic systems and waste disposal facilities.
  13. Identify defects on individual and stands of timber, calculate target risk assessment, and speak to arbor culture techniques to repair or mitigate the target hazard.
  14. Use as working sources the National Electrical Code, Uniform Building Code, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Think analytically, logically, creatively, and reflectively.

Course Contents

  1. Examples of standards as established by local, state and federal park agencies.
  2. Examples of codes, laws and agency-established regulations/policies/procedures regarding upkeep and maintenance of park facilities.
  3. Examples of inspection sheets that are used as common tools in parks and recreation.
  4. The National Electrical Code, Uniform Building Code, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.
  5. Augment normal instruction with guest speakers who are experts in the field of construction and maintenance in parks and recreation, including vendors of maintenance products, equipment, etc.
  6. Augment normal instruction with examination of blueprints and specifications of facilities that demonstrate appropriate operation requirements, and inherent strengths and weaknesses of design that affect the park operator.