"Keeping everything behind the scenes running safely and smoothly"
A facilities manager is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of a corporation 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 corporation or organization, responsibilities may include functional and operational design of the system itself and could require specific engineering training.
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College Degree in Business, Finance, Management, or Marketing
Licensed Real Estate Agent or Broker
ARM: Accredited Residential Manager from IREM
CPM: Certified Property Manager designation from IREM
CMCA: Certified Manager of Community Associations from NBC-CAM, the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers
RMP: Residential Management Professional from NARPM
MPM: Master Property Manager from NARPM
Strong management skills
Technical maintenance skills
Looking to the Future
Much like property managers, 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.
Top Facilities Management Companies
Most major corporations that own assets will have this position in house.