What does a Facilities Manager do?
Facilities Managers work for property management companies and independent businesses that own their own property to inspect and maintain electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and landscaping on the premises. They collaborate with building inhabitants to set safety protocols, supervise security staff and technology, schedule routine maintenance, plan new projects and perform emergency repairs. Facilities Managers schedule daily janitorial services to keep the building’s interior attractive and hygienic. They assess the costs of maintaining workspaces, make recommendations for becoming more efficient and may assist in relocating businesses to a new office space that better meets their needs.
Facilities Manager skills and qualifications
A Facilities Manager uses many soft skills and industry knowledge to maintain the commercial properties they oversee, including:
- Advanced mechanical skills and knowledge of plumbing, HVAC and other building systems
- Proficiency with repair tools and techniques
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak with all levels of employees, guests, vendors and team members
- Great time management, organization and prioritization abilities
- Keen attention to detail and efficient problem-solving skills
- Ability to lift heavy equipment and comfortable standing or walking for long periods of time
Facilities Manager salary expectations
A Facilities Manager makes an average of $64,160 per year. Salary may depend on level of education, experience and geographical location.
Facilities Manager education and training requirements
Facilities Manager candidates likely have at least a high school diploma or GED and many years of on-the-job training from previous roles in the industry. Some candidates may have completed facilities management coursework in a technical or trade school, such as HVAC or plumbing. Other candidates may have an associate or bachelor’s degree in facilities management or an engineering field. There may be some candidates with master’s level education in facilities management technology. All education programs provide candidates with practical training in project management, communication, sustainability and operations management.
Facilities Manager experience requirements
As a managerial position, candidates should have many years of experience in building maintenance roles. Some candidates may have a background in plumbing, HVAC, general repair or professional/industrial cleaning. Previous leadership experience is also beneficial. Other candidates may have already served as a Facilities Manager or equivalent role and can more easily transition into this new position. Some on-the-job training may be required to get new hires acquainted with the spaces and staff they’ll oversee.
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