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Facilities Management / Engineering

Keeping everything behind the scenes running safely and smoothly A facilities manager is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of a company or organization's real estate as well as its systems. Possible systems to be maintained will include the HVAC, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing as well as technology. Typically, the facilities manager will coordinate and manage a team of employees or contractors designated to maintain each operating system. Depending on the company or organization, responsibilities may include functional and operational design of the system itself and could require specific engineering training.  

Role / Company Location Posted
Manager, Facilities SustainmentCity of Vancouver Vancouver, BC Oct 8, 2019
DIRECTOR, UW FACILITIES MAINTENANCE & CONSTRUCTIONUniversity of Washington Seattle, WA Oct 8, 2019
Director of Engineering- Debt (NYC, Chicago, Newport Beach or Charlotte)Nuveen Real Estate New York, NY Oct 7, 2019
Facilities Manager (HOA)939 Coast Blvd San Diego, CA Sep 30, 2019
Mechanical Systems SpecialistEDiS Company Wilmington, DE Sep 30, 2019
Associate Director for MaintenanceUniversity at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Sep 25, 2019
Facility Manager- YMCA of Greater CharlotteYmca of Greater Charlotte Charlotte, NC Sep 23, 2019
Commercial Maintenance EngineerLincoln Property Company Washington, DC Sep 20, 2019
Commercial Maintenance EngineerLincoln Property Company Rockville, MD Sep 20, 2019
Commercial Lead EngineerLincoln Property Company Rockville, MD Sep 20, 2019

Looking to the future

As long as buildings are operational there will be a need for a facilities manager. Every asset will have HVAC, mechanical, and electrical systems that must be constantly managed, serviced, and updated. The future challenge will be for facilities managers to stay abreast of all technological improvements to the operating systems and sustainability standards. It will be the facility managers who can most effectively manage the maintenance staff, maximize operational efficiency, and minimize costs who will be most successful. An attractive growth area within facilities management is the development, implementation, and maintenance of energy-efficient 'green' technologies.

Facilities Management / Engineering

Skills Required

  • Strong management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Operations knowledge
  • Technical maintenance skills
  • Project management

Professional Reading and Resources

  • "Building Operating Management Magazine"
  • "Maintenance Solutions Magazine"
  • "Facilities Manager Magazine" by APPA
  • "Facility Management Journal" by the IFMA
  • "Journal of Facilities Management" published by Emerald

Industry Qualifications

  • High-School or Equivalent (Minimum)
  • College Degree in Engineering, Business, Finance, Management, or Marketing
  • CFM: Certified Facility Manager
  • LEED AP: LEED Accredited Professional designation from the USGBC
  • Experience in Property Condition Assessment (PCA)

Top Companies

  • CBRE
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Colliers
  • Transwestern Commercial Services
  • Cushman & Wakefield