In a facilities asset management approach, facilities managers can no longer be regarded only as caretakers who bring unwelcome news about deteriorating facilities and the need for investments.
As facilities management has evolved from tactical, building-oriented activities to a strategic, portfolio-based approach, the skills required by facilities management organizations have similarly evolved. A facilities asset management approach requires not only the technical skills (e.g., engineering, architecture, mechanical, electrical, contracting) found in traditional facilities engineering organizations but also business acumen and communication skills.
Investments in Federal Facilities Asset Management Strategies for the 21st Century, National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, 2004
- Find training programs that you can finish in less than two years with Career One Stop’s Short-Term Training Finder.
- Find a Community College near you and explore opportunities available through the American Association of Community Colleges
- Many Colleges and Universities offer certificates, degrees, and advanced degrees in facilities management — many through distance education. Recruit young people and consider dedicating time to further your career. Both the Facility Management Institute and the IFMA Foundation provide links to University and College resources.
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|Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston MA|
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|Peterson School, Woburn MA|
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