Employers have discovered that facility engineers or managers are vital for success in this tough economy. Therefore, starting a career in facilities management is a wise choice. As a facilities engineer, one is in charge of design, installation and maintenance of electronic and mechanical systems, energy systems, lighting systems, security controls, health and safety systems, and provision of an Eco-friendly environment in a business premises. Apart from basic communication and problem solving skills, the learner needs to have skills in project leadership, be IT compliant, have an understanding of occupational health requirements and have skills to network across the entire organization.
Different routes lead to the same destiny. To be a facilities manager, one can join a company at the entry-level, usually as a technician or mechanic, and rise through the ranks to the executive facilities management position. Alternatively, as a student, one can earn a bachelor’s degree in either civil, mechanical or structural engineer. The degree ensures one is employed at a much higher rank. Here, the student should choose an institution that offers hands-on training. For this career, one can be an employee in a general company, that is, a company not specializing in to facilities management, or choose to work in a facilities management company, or better still start your own facilities management company and make it grow. As a plus, one can get certification as a facilities engineer or earn an engineering license as per state requirements.