Facilities Management and Engineering

Facilities management and engineering professionals have an essential job: doing the hard but rewarding work of keeping an organization's workspace running and up to date. Integrating principles of business administration, architecture, and behavioral and engineering sciences, they often manage a staff of trade personnel to oversee the operation and maintenance of buildings and the renovation, allocation and utilization of space and equipment.

Oakton's Facilities Management and Engineering program can get you started in this field. We offer associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degrees in facilities management or facilities engineering, along with certificates in facilities management or facilities engineering.

Our classes emphasize essential and applicable principles, making it possible for graduates to begin and progress rapidly in their careers. The program also provides opportunities for students to work as an intern at local companies.

A variety of career opportunities exist in this area for competent, well-trained facilities managers or engineers. They are employed throughout the country in private industry, government and the non-profit sector to work in manufacturing plants, hospitals, high-rise buildings and educational institutions, as well as large-size hotels and motels.

If you already work in this field, this program can help you upgrade your knowledge and skill in a variety of subjects. Our coursework includes both technical and general education subjects. A degree or certificate can provide valuable recognition for career advancement.

Degrees and Certificates

There are several different degrees and certificates available to you in the Facilities Management and Engineering program.

This degree prepares students for employment in the management of small to large facilities. The curriculum emphasizes basic principles, making it possible for graduates to begin and progress rapidly in their careers. The program also provides opportunities for students to work as an intern at local companies.

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This program prepares students for maintenance and management of mechanical, electrical, and hygienic facilities; and to perform or delegate needed repairs. The program also provides opportunities for students to work as an intern at local companies.

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This certificate will prepare students to work as facilities manager assistants. Specifically, students will learn basic management practices, nine functions of facilities, and construction management, as well as how to prepare documents for bids and organize staff to make facility run smoothly.

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You can earn our Facilities Energy Systems Technology Certificate in 31 credit hours.

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Job Outlook

Employment of administrative services and facilities managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 29,200 openings for administrative services and facilities managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for administrative services and facilities managers was $98,890 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Larry Penar, Chair
Professor of Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

MBA Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
BSE Chicago Technical College
lpenar@oakton.edu
847.635.1955
Office: 1847, Des Plaines

Meet our part time faculty: 

David Arvans
Lecturer
A.A.S. Moraine Valley Community College
Certificate in Heating and Air Conditioning
Certificate in Practical Energy Conservation
Certificate in Economic Energy Conservation
darvans@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Jack O'Rourke
Lecturer
Certificate in EPA Type I and II
jourke@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Dave Arvans
Chief Facilities Engineer
Elgin Hospital

Robert Axelrod, PE
President
Cooling Equipment Service

Jim Coates
Director of Training
International Union of Operating Engineers

Mike Kaplan
Service Manager
Kaplan’s Heating and Cooling

Jack O’Rourke
V.P. Engineering Manager
Able Engineering

Allen Schwartz, PE
Director of Engineering
Ferguson Heating and Cooling Supply

John Smith
President
Effective Air

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Larry Penar
Department Chair
847.635.1955
lpenar@oakton.edu