Story by Krista Allen and photo by Mike Caywood
Lake Powell Chronicle
PAGE – Seven individuals are now certified maintenance technicians, since they all passed the two-hour, 30-minute Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians exam.
Those individuals are Candice Bekay, Geraldine Butler, Brent Goatson, Billison Haskie, Mitchell Nez, Ted Schenally, and Jared Tsinijinnie.
David Cain, construction technology management instructor at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, told the Chronicle last year that students have to pass by 70 percent on a 100-question exam. Cain, along with his colleague Kenneth Meyers, taught the first CAMT program last year at CCC’s Page Instruction Site (hands-on labs took place at the Coconino Association for Vocations and Technology).
Being CAMT-certified boosts knowledge and skills, reputation, and boosts confidence, according to the instructors who are experts in the field. Having that certification indicates to potential employers of one’s accountability and high standards of maintenance. And having it on one’s resume gives a future manager a better sense of one’s current skill level since the course’s topics are uniform nationally.
It runs in all 50 states and they strictly work with apartments, said Meyers.
“What we’ve done here in Page is we’ve made it the Certificate (for) Maintenance Technicians program,” Meyers said.
The CAMT program is an extensive, 102-hour program at CCC in Flagstaff and it was extended to Page in 2018. The program is now in its sixth year at CCC and more than 83 participants have signed up for the program within the last six years. The program started here on May 28 and ended on June 28. For eight hours a day, students in the program learned about a number of things, including electrical; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; plumbing, among a list of others.
Myers said the students were taught maintenance and repairs for hotels and motels, houseboats, and other commercial industries because the Page-Lake Powell CAMT program was tailored for the community’s needs.
Myers added that students also had segments on house writing and segments on plumbing fixtures.
The tuition for each student in this particular program, roughly $1,000, is covered by grant funding through the federal government and Salt River Project.
“These students are not charged a dime,” Myers said.