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 courses bring real-world concepts to the classroom, such as Blueprint Reading, DC and AC Circuits, and Troubleshooting Skills, and Facilities Management. The program also provides opportunities for students to work as an intern at local companies.

A variety of career opportunities exist in a number of different fields. 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.

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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What's Next

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton 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.

Enrolling at Oakton College can save you thousands of dollars and help you earn more over the course of your career. Our tuition is among the lowest in the region, and we offer many ways to bring your costs down even more.

99 percent of Oakton students graduate without debt.

To help you get there, you can apply for a scholarship, which you don’t have to pay back. We award $12 million in scholarships annually. Financial Aid includes grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance that can reduce your costs of attending college.

We offer payment options that give you control over how you pay. Pay all at once or spread your payments over the course of the semester.

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As your community college, we serve students from various backgrounds. We aim to make the application process as easy and as clear as possible for everyone.

We can help you get started on a degree or certificate. Applying to Oakton is fast and easy.

Your first step before you begin your studies is filling out an admission application and completing your enrollment process.

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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
Office: 1847, Des Plaines

Meet our part time faculty: 

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

Jack O'Rourke
Certificate in EPA Type I and II
Office: B206, Skokie

Dave Arvans
Chief Facilities Engineer
Elgin Hospital

Robert Axelrod, PE
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
Effective Air

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