SEIU Local 1 Training Center
Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes

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Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes

Class DateTimeDurationDescription
2-Year Apprenticeship Program Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Orientation is on January 8th, 9th or 10th6PM-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, January 15th, 16th or 17th6PM-10PM5 WeeksOSHA compliance, protective equipment, financial literacy and familiarizing yourself with your health benefits
Hand Tools and Power Tools Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, February 20th, 21st or 26th6PM-10PM9 WeeksSafe and proper use of hand tools and power tools in the workplace.
Mathematics Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, April 24th, 25th or 30th6PM-10PM6 WeeksBasic math for on-the-job application
Blueprint Reading Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, January 9th, 10th or 11th6PM-10PM7 WeeksHow to read, use and create blueprints
Plumbing Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, February 26th, 28th or March 1st6PM-10PM8 WeeksPlumbing principles, repairs and preventive maintenance
Low-Pressure Boiler Systems Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, April 23rd, 25th or 26th6PM-10PM5 WeeksIn-depth instruction on boiler operations
Water Treatment (1 Night Seminar) Tuesdays, May 8th, 15th or 22nd
Students choose 1 night to attend
6PM-10PM1 NightWater Treatment for heating and cooling
Electricity Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, January 9th, 10th or 11th6PM-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, April 10th, 11th or 12th6PM-10PM7 WeeksBasic repairs to walls, tile, windows, floors, etc.
Locks & Keys Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, January 8th, 10th or 11th6PM-10PM7 WeeksLocksmithing and key pinning
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & A/C) Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
February 28th, March 1st or March 6th
6PM-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, April 24th6PM-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, May 15th6PM-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, March 6th6PM-9PM2 Nights Each Week for 12 Weeks (24 total sessions)CLASS BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 6th

Foreign Language

Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Learn Basic Spanish Wednesdays, March 7th6PM-9PM12 Weeks 
Leadership Skills Seminar  Wednesday, May 23rd12:30PM-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.


The following topics will be covered:
  • Orientation
  • Customer Service and Communication Skills
  • Basic Health and Safety
  • American Red Cross CPR
  • Fire Safety
  • Green Housekeeping
  • Hard Floor Care Lecture
  • Hard Floor Care Hands-On Demonstration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Outdoor Maintenance and Landscaping
Courses are offered on 10 Consecutive Thursdays
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
Day Classes Thursdays, January 11th & March 22nd12:30PM – 4:30PM10 Weeks 
Night Classes Thursdays, January 5th & March 16th6:00PM – 10:00PM10 Weeks 


Students attend class for 6 consecutive Tuesdays.
Class DateTimeDurationDescription
ORIENTATION (AND 401K INFORMATION) Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime 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, etc.
CUSTOMER SERVICE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime 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 Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksProper evacuation procedures in an emergency situation.
CRIME PREVENTION & ANTI-TERRORISM Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime 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 Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime 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 Begin on Tuesday, January 30th or March 20thDaytime Course:
12:30PM – 4:30PM
Evening Course:
6:00PM – 10:00PM
6 WeeksUp-to-date American Heart Association Certification

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 Thursday, January 10th6PM9 Weeks9 week course on Thursday nights to prepare students to pass the Licensing Exam. Exam will be given by the City of Chicago on Saturday, March 5th. Must be one of the following to enroll:
  • Head Engineer / Assistant EngineerGraduate of the 2-year Apprenticeship Program
City of Chicago – Fire Safety Director’s Course and Examination Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
January 10th to 12th
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, March 14th & 15th
Tuesday & Wednesday May May 15th & 16th
8:00AM-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 May 30th through June 20th (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, May 18th
Saturday, May 19th
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 Saturday, January 27th8:00AM-12:00PM6 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 Saturday, March 10th8:00AM-12:00PM6 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 Wednesday, May 30th through June 20th6:00PM-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.
The SEIU Local 1 Training Center is located at 120 S. Sangamon in the West Loop. Please call 312.226.1444 for more information.