Facility and Service Technology Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Facility and Service Technology (FAST) program is designed to prepare students for careers requiring skills in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical and mechanical equipment found in residential and commercial buildings.

After initial training, students will be eligible to take the state examination for a special steam engineer’s license.  After completion of the second year, students who qualify may take the State examination for Second class “A” steam engineer’s license and/or refrigeration certifications.


First year instruction in RCTC’s FAST program includes courses in boiler, boiler operation, welding, electricity, plumbing, tool usage, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical controls, motor controls, and programmable logic controls.  The second year of instruction includes courses in operation and repair of residential and commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, pneumatics, heating and cooling controls, and computerized energy management systems.  Also, in the second year, students provided an opportunity for an internship experience with a training sponsor to gain hands-on work experience.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers both a Diploma and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Facility and Service Technology.

The Diploma and AAS can be completed in as little as two years if taken full-time.  Part-time options for course Generals are also available.

Program Start Date(s)

The Facility and Service Technology Program courses begin fall and spring semesters.  Professional core courses are not offered summer semesters; however, some of the general education requirements may be offered during the summer.

Career Opportunities/Information

Facility and Service Technology Program graduates usually start in various entry-level maintenance operation positions in medical clinics, hospitals, waste to energy plants, power plants, hotels, education, manufacturing, processing and industrial facilities. Graduates of the FAST program may also be employed as service technicians in the Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/Ventilation/Air conditioning (H.V.A.C) fields, building trades, and some are self-employed in the Service field.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at www.rctc.edu/academics/articulations/

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Great article. As the FAST Club President, I have to say, it’s all true. There are guys that come into the course and some of them have never been mechanical in one way or another and there are tools they have never used and have to learn to use. Even myself. It’s great to have these ladies in the program and I hope that we see more and more interest in the program – especially women. — Mike


Information Building Utilities Mechanic Dipl 69 Overview content updated: 2017-04-17