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FOUR NEW PROGRAMS PILOTED FOR CAMT.

Spud wrench? What's a spud wrench? Which wire is the ground? Tell me again, what is PPE? How do you lock out and tag out a circuit breaker? These and many other questions arose as the National Apartment Association (NAA) conducted four pilot tests of programs in development for the new Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician.

Designed for the entry-level (or make-ready) service technicians, four new programs will be complete by the end of this summer and available just in time for fall scheduling. The pilot tests allowed NAA and its curriculum developer, Dr. Joyce Kozuch, an opportunity to evaluate the written material (both student and instructor guides), check the timing of each section as it was presented and test each examination. With the input gained from these pilot programs, NAA is in the final stretch of completing the development of the new programs.

What will the new courses cover? Take a look! All of the new programs include a strong emphasis on safety, covering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, lock out/tag out, personal protective equipment, lifting and carrying, understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and more. (Note: for more complete information on each of these courses, including topics covered, see page 56.)

The unit on BASIC ELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS will take the students through electrical safety, electrical circuits, electrical parts, and basic wiring and electrical repairs. The most popular aspect of this program seemed to be creating and testing (under the watchful eye of the instructor) a simple electrical circuit.

BASIC PLUMBING REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS covers plumbing safety, plumbing materials, faucets, sinks, disposals and lavatories, toilets, tubs and showers, drain cleaning, and preventive maintenance for water heaters. Not to be outdone by the electrical program, the plumbing class includes the potential for (but not required) hands-on exercise of cutting and sweating PVC pipe.

The HVAC INTRODUCTION AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE program includes everything you ever wanted to know about baseboard heat, forced air heat, basic cooling systems, room air conditioners, split cooling systems, split heat pump systems, packaged outdoor systems, and through-the-wall systems. This pilot program allowed students to watch as the instructor carefully dissected a furnace and gave the class an up-close and personal view of an HVAC compressor unit.

Offering the APPLIANCE INTRODUCTION AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE program on site allows students to carefully examine electric ranges, gas stoves, microwave ovens, vent hoods and exhaust fans, refrigerators, ice makers, dishwashers, clothes washers, and gas and electric clothes dryers.

But the good news doesn't stop there. NAA is proud to announce a partnership with Maintenance Warehouse/Home Depot (MWHD) to develop and market the new CAMT programs. An infusion of sponsorship revenue from MWHD into the new CAMT program, coupled with generous in-kind donations of products and supplies, will allow NAA to complete the development of CAMT.

CAMT II and CAMT Manager are our next goals. Stay tuned for more information on the NAA/MWHD partnership and on development of new CAMT. In the meantime, contact your affiliate today to find out when they will be scheduling the new CAMT course.

Scott is Assistant Director of Education at NAA.
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