Frequently Asked Questions

Is Facility Management for me?

What skills will I need for this field?

What is the work atmosphere like?

What are my degree options?

What are my career opportunities?

 

Is Facility Management for me?
The field is for you if you;

  • Enjoy daily challenges.
  • Desire a job with a good salary and potential
  • for advancement.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work well with a diverse group of people.
  • Remain calm in emergency situations.
  • Function well under stress.
  • Can think quickly and act decisively.
  • Are customer-oriented and willing to listen to the concerns of others.
  • Have a "can do" attitude toward problem-solving.


What skills will I need for this field?
You will need to;

  • Manage multiple tasks, projects and problems.
  • Understand budgeting and budgets.
  • React to emergencies and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Solve problems and meet deadlines.
  • Understand and work with contracts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of architectural
  • blueprints and building materials.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of construction
  • building codes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of space planning
  • and utilization.
  • Understand telecommunications and
  • security systems.
  • Keep abreast of all legal and technical changes that may impact a facility (e.g. indoor air quality, ADA, asbestos, Freon, etc.).

 

What is the work atmosphere like?
The manager must maintain a safe, clean and healthy work environment for all occupants of the facility. Manage commercial properties such as office buildings, hotels, and shopping centers, as well as public facilities, schools, laboratories and hospitals. One will typically work in an office environment. Occasionally managers of these facilities are required to inspect mechanical systems, rooftops and construction/remodeling projects. Light physical activities are necessary from time to time depending on the facility. Managers of manufacturing/factory type facilities may be required to perform more physical duties. Some managers are required to travel to various corporate sites. Many managers are on call 24 hours per day.

 
What are my degree options?

Associate's Degree
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degrees are available by transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

Professional Certification

Professional facility managers are not required to be licensed or certified. There is an optional Certified Facility Manager certification that can be earned through the International Facility Management Association. To qualify for the CFM designation, an individual with an A.A.S. degree in Facility Management must have 5 years of related work experience. Contact IFMA for details ( www.ifma.org).

 

What are my career opportunities?

The largest number of opportunities in the field of facility management are with service sector employers, with manufacturing and production business, and in government and education settings. Nearly 60,000 professional facility managers are employed in the United States. A large percentage of the positions are in metropolitan areas.

Since facility managers are responsible for meeting government mandates (Americans with Disabilities Act) and worker needs (indoor air quality, ergonomics), the demand for qualified persons should continue to grow.

 

Contact Information


Jane Ostergaard, Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1048, (630) 942-2331

David Earl, Program Advisor  
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2538
 

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Kim Groesbeck, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1054, (630) 942-2599

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592