Careers in Construction: Building Systems Technician

Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
AVP, Workforce Development
(202) 266-8493

Worker putting finishes on front door to new home

Average National Wage: $47,430 | $22.80/hour

Building systems technicians perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep the structure of a building in good condition. General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day working in indoor or outdoor locations. Duties may involve pipe fitting, HVAC maintenance, insulating, carpentry, electrical, and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

In the Building Systems Technology trade you will learn to:

  • Read blueprints
  • Diagnose and repair basic HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other building issues
  • Conduct general maintenance tasks such as painting, carpentry, plastering, or flooring or drywall repair
  • Perform safety checks on maintenance systems and equipment

Important Qualities:

  • Dexterity
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Versatility
  • Time management
  • Customer-service and communication skills

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Train and become licensed in one specific trade
  • Own a contracting or repair business