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RCA: Facilities Maintenance, 2nd Edition

  • Kevin Standiford
  • ISBN-10: 1111311129
  • ISBN-13: 9781111311124
  • 512 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Proven-effective learning aids like clear, step-by-step task illustrations and an easy-to-read writing style make this a powerful teaching tool for your facilities maintenance courses! RCA: FACILITIES MAINTENANCE, 2nd EDITION focuses on preparing students to successfully master the critical tasks involved in becoming a residential facilities workers. Using a straightforward approach to maintenance, repair, and replacement, common maintenance tasks in the areas of carpentry, wiring, groundskeeping, appliance repair, painting, plumbing, and HVAC are addressed. All-new chapters on basic math and blueprint reading have been added to this edition to ensure that students are receiving the most thorough, comprehensive training information available. As with the previous edition, safety for each task is emphasized, as well as important employability skills for success on the job. Topped off with no-nonsense information on situations in which maintenance personnel should seek assistance and refer the problem to a professional, this book is the complete resource for establishing a solid foundation in facilities maintenance.


  • Driven by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) skill standards, which focus on the core topics for facilities maintenance as it applies to apartment complexes, nursing homes, and other types of residential living facilities.

  • Clearly defines multiple task requirements with ample checklists for specific tasks, and Job Sheets to assist students in monitoring their progress.

  • Expands skills beyond basic facilities maintenance to include important soft skills that will help students brush up on their customer service strategies and communication abilities, optimizing their employability.

  • Ensures a practical, working knowledge of key concepts by incorporating essential information on safety and OSHA regulations.

About the Author

Kevin Standiford

Kevin Standiford has been in the technology fields of Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, HVACR, Process Piping and Robotics for more than 15 years. While attending college to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, he worked for McClelland Consulting Engineers as a Mechanical Designer, designing HVAC, complex processing piping, and cogeneration systems for commercial and industrial applications. Mr. Standiford also has experience working for one of the leading HVAC engineering firms in the state of Arkansas, Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers, as a Mechanical Design Engineer. His career then led him to teaching engineering, design, and technology courses for Garland County Community College. Maintaining his focus on education, Mr. Standiford has served as an author and consultant for a number of published textbooks and learning resources in the HVAC, CAD, and Plumbing fields. Today he is a full-time consultant working for both the publishing and engineering industries and a part-time instructor.

Table of Contents

1. Customer Service Skills.
2. Organization of Work Tasks.
3. Applied Safety Rules.
4. Fasteners, Tools and Equipment.
5. Practical Electrical Theory.
6. Electrical Facilities Maintenance.
7. Carpentry.
8. Surface Painting.
9. Plumbing.
10. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems.
11. Appliance Repair and Replacement.
12. Trash Compactors.
13. Elevators.
14. Pest Prevention.
15. Grounds Keeping.
16. Basic Math for Facility Maintenance Technicians.
17. Blueprint Reading for Facility Maintenance Technicians.

New to this edition

  • Builds a comprehensive foundation in facilities maintenance with all-new chapters on basic math and blueprint reading.
  • Offers a modern, realistic view of the industry through revisions that reflect the most up-to-date trends and technology.
  • Highlights the most current equipment, tools and procedures with all-new, detailed photos and illustrations.
  • Includes expanded coverage of painting and landscaping.
  • Teaches problem solving skills so diagnosis, repair, and maintenance can be achieved.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructors Resource Guide  (ISBN-10: 143905780X | ISBN-13: 9781439057803)

The Instructor's Resource Guide to accompany Residential Construction Academy: Facilities Maintenance is designed for facilitate classroom preparation for you as the instructor. It includes chapter outlines, answers to chapter review questions, answers to workbook questions, and a PowerPoint presentation list.

Instructors Resources  (ISBN-10: 143905794X | ISBN-13: 9781439057940)

This invaluable Instructor's Resource CD-ROM is intended to assist you, as the instructor, in classroom preparation and management. Included on the CD are the following components: An Instructor's Resource Guide designed to facilitate classroom preparation. It includes chapter outlines, answers to chapter review questions, answers to workbook questions, and a PowerPoint presentation list. Computerized Test Bank in ExamView containing approximately 400 questions to help you prepare exams for your class. The flexible format enables you to edit, delete, or add your own questions, as well as create your own tests using the questions provided. PowerPoint presentations outlining each chapter in the book provide a quick resource for classroom lecture. An Image Library includes all photos and line drawings from the text and enables you to create your own presentations in the classroom. HBI Skill Standards summary includes Facilities Maintenance Technician Standards: Levels I and II.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 143905777X | ISBN-13: 9781439057773)