A Facility Manager plays a vital role in
maintaining the efficiency and an orderly operation of any organization.
He or she is a technical and an administrative specialist with
a wide range of responsibilities. These include performance
of utilities, maintaining the structural integrity, modernization
of physical facilities, servicing of equipment, energy conservation,
and safety of the personnel.
Fulfilling these responsibilities requires
a broad knowledge of many different fields. Unlike in the past,
this knowledge cannot be acquired only by hands-on experience,
but through a formalized education as provided by the Facilities
Management and Engineering program at Oakton Community College.
Specifically, the program covers a spectrum of technical and
managerial subjects, preparing students to become facilities
This career is ideally suited for individuals with technical
abilities, who enjoy non-repetitive challenging tasks, and can
work well with people. Upon satisfactory completion, students
earn a Certificate or an Associate Degree. Increasingly, such
a formal recognition is becoming essential for securing an employment
or advancement in the field of facilities operation.