SEIU Local 1 Training Center
Fall 2018 Schedule of Classes

Certified Residential Engineer's Training Program Registrations accepted May 8-31, 2017
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Fall 2018 Schedule of Classes

Class DateTimeDurationDescription
2-Year Apprenticeship Program Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Orientation is on July 9th, 10th or 11th6PM-10PM2-YearsComprehensive training covering all aspects of building maintenance. Graduates are awarded Journeyman’s Certificate from the US Department of Labor. Mandatory for all newly hired “A” level employees. Classes meet 1 night per week.
Health & Safety Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, July 16th, 17th or 18th6PM-10PM5 WeeksOSHA compliance, protective equipment, financial literacy and familiarizing yourself with your health benefits
Hand Tools and Power Tools Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, August 20th, 21st or 22nd6PM-10PM9 WeeksSafe and proper use of hand tools and power tools in the workplace.
Mathematics Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, October 23rd, 24th or 29th6PM-10PM6 WeeksBasic math for on-the-job application
Blueprint Reading Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, July 10th, 11th or 12th6PM-10PM7 WeeksHow to read, use and create blueprints
Plumbing Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, August 27th, 29th or 30th6PM-10PM8 WeeksPlumbing principles, repairs and preventive maintenance
Low-Pressure Boiler Systems Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, October 24th, 25th or 29th6PM-10PM8 WeeksIn-depth instruction on boiler operations
Water Treatment (1 Night Seminar) November 13th, 20th or 27th
Students choose 1 night to attend, Tuesdays
6PM-10PM1 NightWater Treatment for heating and cooling
Electricity Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, July 10th, 11th or 12th6PM-10PM13 WeeksBasic Electricity, Electrical Safety and Troubleshooting Electrical Systems.
*Required before you can take HVAC or Saturday Advanced Electricity Course.
Carpentry Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, October 9th, 10th or 11th6PM-10PM7 WeeksBasic repairs to walls, tile, windows, floors, etc.
Locks & Keys Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, July 9th, 11th or 12th6PM-10PM7 WeeksLocksmithing and key pinning
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & A/C) Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, August 28th, 29th or 30th6PM-10PM13 WeeksComprehensive instruction in basic Air Conditioning principles as well as how to troubleshoot common A/C problems.
*Students must complete Electricity course before enrolling.


*These courses are FREE to SEIU Members under the ABOMA contract
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Basic Computers Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 9th6PM-9PM2 Nights Each Week for 3 Weeks (6 total sessions)Using the computer, mouse and keyboard. Introduction to Microsoft Word and the internet
Advanced Computers Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 30th6PM-9PM2 Nights Each Week for 3 Weeks (6 total sessions)Writing letters, creating a budget, setting up an e-mail account

English as a Second Language

Classes are taught in English, so we can accommodate a wide range of native languages (Spanish, Eastern European, Polish, etc.)
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
ESL Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 28th6PM-9PM2 Nights Each Week for 12 Weeks (24 total sessions) 

Foreign Language

Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Learn Basic Spanish Wednesdays, August 29th6PM-9PM12 Weeks 
Leadership Skills Seminar  Thursday, November 8th12:30PM-4:30PM4 Hours*Leading by example, mentoring others and climbing the career ladder.
*Class is open to all Property Service Employees-Janitors, Engineers and Door Staff.


*Chiefs Need 6 Hours per Year, Assistants Need 8 Hours per Year
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Chicago Fire Safety Director’s Course & Exam* Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
July 25th, 26th & 27th
Noon-4:00 each day12 HoursInstructor: Wally Schroeder, Chicago Fire Department
*$500 exam fee to the City of Chicago
First Aid Certification Wednesday, July 31st12:30PM-2:30PM2 HoursAdministering First Aid
Certified Pool Operators Course Wednesday & Thursday, August 8th & 9th8:00AM-4:00PM both days16 HoursMust Attend 2 Day Course and Pass Exam
Instructor: Deb Todner, Aquapure
$150 Fee
Chicago Engineer’s Exam Prep Class Wednesdays, August 15thPreparation Course (6PM-9PM)10 WeeksExam will be given by the City on Wednesday, October 24th
Generators for Residential Buildings Wednesday, August 22nd12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursWhen to install and how to service generators
Instructor: Lionheart Generators
Asbestos Awareness Wednesday, September 12th12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursIdentifying asbestos hazards in your building
Instructor: Occupational Training & Supply
Drain Line Maintenance Tuesday, September 18th12:30PM-2:30PM2 HoursMaintenance of horizontal drain lines in your high rise building
Instructor: Ed Kaelber, AMS Mechanical Systems
Boom & Scissor Lift Certification Tuesday, September 25th8:30AM-4:30PM8 HoursAerial Work Platform Certification
Instructor: Tom Trinen, Service One

*Class will be held at 2850 W. Fulton
Sloan Valve Systems Tuesday, October 2nd12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursMaintenance of Sloan Plumbing Systems
Instructor: Arlene Levy, A. Messe
Common Building Code Violations Wednesday, October 10th 12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursIdentifying and Fixing Chicago Building Code Violations
Instructor: Rudy DeKeersmaecker
Building Evacuation Thursday, May 31st12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursKnowing your role in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation
Instructor: American Safety Training
Kitchen Appliance Repair Wednesday, October 17th12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursBasic repairs of ovens, dishwashers, etc.
Instructor: Tony Langford
Refrigerator Repair Wednesday, October 24th & 31st12:30PM-4:30PM2 Days (8 Total Hours) Instructor: Tony Langford
Apartment Turnovers and Make-Ready Maintenance Tuesday, November 6th9:00AM-1:00PM4 Hours Learn to plan for end-of the month apartment turnovers
Instructor: Juan Ramirez
Leadership Seminar Thursday, November 8th12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursLeading by example, mentoring and climbing the career ladder.
Instructor: Kent Irvin, Univ. of St. Francis
CPR & AED Certification Friday, November 9th8:30AM-12:30PM4 HoursAmerican Heart Association - Heartsaver CPR and AED Training
Instructor: Sylvia Tienda
Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems Thursday, November 15th12:30PM-4:30PM4 HoursHow your fire suppression system works
Instructor: American Safety Training


*8 Hours per Year Required For Maintenance “A” Employees
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Chicago Fire Safety Director’s Exam Wed-Fri, July 25th-27th12:00PM-4:00PM12 Hours$500 fee to City of Chicago
Certified Pool Operators Class & Exam Tuesday/Wednesday
August 8th & 9th
8:00AM-4:00PM2 Days*$150 Fee Applies
Basic Electricity Tuesday, August 23rd8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Drywall & Tile Repair Wednesday, September 5th8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Basic HVAC Fundamentals Wednesday, September 19th8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Boom & Scissor Lift Certification Tuesday, September 25th 8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Highrise Plumbing Systems Tuesday, October 3rd8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Kitchen Appliance Repair Wednesday, October 17th12:30PM-4:30PM4 Hours 
Refrigerator Repair Wednesday, October 24th & 31st12:30PM-4:30PM2 Days 
Light Switches, Outlets & Fuses Tuesday, October 30th8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Apartment Turnover Planning Tuesday, November 6th9:00AM-1:00PM4 Hours 
Leadership Seminar Thursday, November 8th12:30PM-4:30PM8 Hours 
CPR Certification (American Heart Assn.) Friday, November 9th8:30AM-12:30PM4 Hours 
Doors, Locks & Keys Tuesday, November 13th8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 
Basic Boiler Fundamentals Friday, November 16th8:30AM-4:30PM8 Hours 


The following topics will be covered:
  • Orientation
  • Customer Service and Communication Skills
  • Basic Health and Safety
  • American Red Cross CPR
  • Fire Safety
  • Cleaning Standards and Expectations
  • Hard Floor Care Lecture
  • Hard Floor Care Hands-On Demonstration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning/Green Cleaning
  • Outdoor Maintenance and Landscaping
Courses are offered on 10 Consecutive Thursdays
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Day Classes Thursdays, July 12th & September 30th12:30PM – 4:30PM10 Weeks 
Night Classes Thursdays, July 12th & September 30th6:00PM – 10:00PM10 Weeks 


Students attend class for 6 consecutive Tuesdays.

Class DateTimeDurationDescription
ORIENTATION (AND 401K INFORMATION) Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksStudents will go over the current ABOMA contract with regards to pension, benefits, holidays, sick days, the new 401k plan option, etc.
CUSTOMER SERVICE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksLooking sharp on the job, interacting with residents, knowing your building and your neighborhood.
BUILDING EVACUATION Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksProper evacuation procedures in an emergency situation.
CRIME PREVENTION & ANTI-TERRORISM Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksObservation skills, making your building a hard target, keeping your building secure.
CUSTOMER SERVICE II Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksNew ideas on how Doormen can assist residents in their building and improve their level of service.
CPR & AED CERTIFICATION Tuesday, July 17th or August 28thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksUp-to-date American Heart Association Certification

The order of these classes may change subject to instructor availability. Please call for dates if you are looking for one specific class.

To enroll, please fill out the attached registration form and fax it to (312) 226-1447


Class DateTimeDurationDescription
City of Chicago Stationary Engineers Exam – Preparation Course Wednesday, August 15th6PM10 Weeks10 week course on Wednesday nights to prepare students to pass the Licensing Exam. Exam will be given by the City of Chicago on Wednesday, October 24th. Must be one of the following to enroll:
  • Head Engineer / Assistant Engineer
  • Graduate of the 2-year Apprenticeship Program
City of Chicago – Fire Safety Director’s Course and Examination Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
July 25th, 26th, 27th
12:00PM-4:00PM3 Days3 day course to become a certified Fire Safety Director
  • Must attend all 3 days and pass exam to become certified
  • $500 fee to the City of Chicago
Certified Swimming Pool Operators Course and Examination Wednesday & Thursday, August 8th & 9th8:00AM-4:00PM2 DaysInstructor: Deborah Todner, Aquapure
2 day course to receive CPO designation though the National Swimming Pool Foundation
*$150 Fee Applies
Residential Heat Load Analyst October 29 to November 19th (4 consecutive Wednesday nights)6:00PM-10:00PM16 HoursBecome certified to calculate the size of HVAC equipment that is appropriate for your property to operate most efficiently.
Instructor: Fernando Salcedo and Zack Comor
CFC/EPA Course and Examination (EPA 608 Universal License) Friday, November 9th
Saturday,November 10th
1 Day1 day course and exam for license to work on Air Conditioning units. Students must be currently enrolled in or have already passed the 13-week HVAC course
*$45 Fee Applies
**If you receive the EPA-608 Universal License, you may register for the R410-A certification on Saturday, May 26th


Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Advanced HVAC Course Monday, July 23rd6:00PM-10:00PM6 Weeks6-week course that will focus on hands-on training. Each week will be a new project that builds on the 13-week HVAC Course.
Advanced Electricity Course Monday, September 10th6:00PM-10:00PM6 Weeks6-week course on Monday nights that will build on the 13 week Electricity Course in the 2-year apprenticeship program. Topics will include conduit bending, breaker boxes and residential wiring.
Heat Load Analyst Certification Monday, October 29th6:00PM-10:00PM4 Weeks4 week course to help you understand how to run your heating system efficiently and in proportion to your building size
*In order to enroll for Advanced HVAC Course, you must have already passed the 13 week HVAC course.
*In order to enroll for Advanced Electricity Course, you must have already passed the 13 week Electricity course.
*Advanced HVAC Course and Advanced Electricity Course are not required to complete the 2-year apprenticeship program
The SEIU Local 1 Training Center is located at 120 S. Sangamon in the West Loop. Please call 312.226.1444 for more information.