According to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, the number of positions in the facilities management field has increased by 64% in the first two quarters of this year, compared to the same time last year. Ecotech Institute, which is entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, offers its students hands-on training in the facilities management field, a rapidly growing industry.
Facilities management is the latest program at Ecotech Institute and joins seven other programs at the school, all focused on training students for jobs in sustainability. The facilities management associate’s degree program, established in April 2013, prepares students for careers in the field of facility management, focusing on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing, and cost of energy management systems. Students receive instruction designed to prepare them to analyze, operate, and maintain mechanical and electrical systems.
Ecotech Institute’s Facility Management Technology program was developed in coordination with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the world’s largest and most widely recognized association for professional facility managers.
“Our Facility Management Technology Program offers the most specific and hands-on education available to students seeking this career path,” said Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute’s academic dean. “They receive the best instruction designed to prepare them for real world application. Our students have developed on-the-job skills before they even graduate, making them fierce competitors for jobs in a rapidly expanding field.”
Upon successful completion of the facilities management program, graduates will be able to:
- Operate facility systems in a reliable manner;
- Manage a facility system budget;
- Make data-based analysis of energy utilization patterns for commercial buildings;
- Recognize and correct inefficient building energy system interactions;
- Use appropriate software to obtain information necessary to maintain and optimize building operations;
- Recommend facility improvement plans;
- Apply safety principles to facility management;
- Prepare and present technical and project reports;
- Communicate facility issues effectively at all levels.