I've been conducting a survey of CAD techs across multiple fields for 3 years now. I notice that Facilities Management has experienced steady increase in response every year. I'm wondering how many of these Facilities Management CAD techs are actually getting to do CAFM work? I realize that software companies and construction companies and building owners are now realizing the value of a Facilities Engineering group, but, it seems a long time coming. Pay is good, but, GOOD training is hard to come by and frustrations are never-ending.
I attended some classes in December for a CAFM program and it is really exciting to see all of the recent changes in the software we use and the software coming available to us.
I'd love to have any discussion about where the field is going. The viability of our skill-set. The value we bring to the organization we work in (and how to bring that to the attention of upper management).
Well, I suppose I'm also curious how many of us are actually working for the Facility itself and how many are Consulting. It's a rare experience to work in FM, and it tends to be competitive among the consulting firms, and it seems anyone who gets experience eventually ends up starting their own or joining an established firm.
Is that good / bad / or value neutral for our industry and cafm community?