Be a Facility Maintenance Manager: Step-by-Step Career Guide

Aug 04, 2018

Review the requirements to become a facility maintenance manager in this article. Learn about the job description and duties, and discover the basic process to start a career in facilities maintenance.

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Facility Maintenance Managers

Degree Level High school diploma or equivalent
Licensing/Certification Voluntary certification available; some states/employers may require specific licensing in specialties
Experience 3+ years' experience with general maintenance work, including supervisory experience
Key Skills Troubleshooting, customer service, and computer skills; manual dexterity and physical fitness; knowledge of facilities management, database, and Office Suite software; ability to use carpet cleaning equipment, floor washing and polishing machines, laundry washing machines, masks, and 2-way radios
Median Salary (2016)* $61,517 per year (Median salary for facility managers)
$69,048 (Median salary for maintenance managers)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*Net OnLine, Employer job postings (January 2013), *Payscale.com (October 2016)

Facility maintenance managers oversee daily repairs and maintenance work in various types of facilities that can range from apartment complexes to factories. The work can be physically taxing, with standing for long periods and lifting heavy objects. Some of these managers work on an on-call basis, in addition to sometimes being scheduled during evenings and weekends. According to PayScale.com, the median annual salary for facility managers is $61,517, and the median annual salary for maintenance managers is $69,048 as of October 2016. And so, facility maintenance managers are likely to earn a salary that falls within or near this range.

Earn a High School Diploma

Since this profession doesn't require a college degree, all that's necessary is a high school diploma. With your diploma, you'll be ready to enter into the field of facility maintenance.

Find an Entry-Level Position

Facility maintenance managers are typically required to have more than 3 years of relevant experience in order to be considered for positions. After earning a high school diploma, an individual desiring a career as a facility maintenance manager might start by looking for an entry-level position as a maintenance worker or management trainee in a relevant field.

Since there are no formal education or training requirements for a career in facility maintenance management, getting adequate on-the-job training is important. Individuals can get trained by working closely with managers and supervisors to learn relevant skills during this preparatory period.

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  • Find jobs in area of interest. Facility maintenance workers and managers are employed in various fields, such as real estate rental and leasing, manufacturing, government, education, and health care. Their specific job duties may vary depending on the type of facility under management. Aspiring managers might have an easier time with upcoming job prospects by working in the type of facility they desire to manage in the future.

  • Build physical fitness. Facility maintenance workers and managers perform many hands-on duties that require manual dexterity, skill, and strength. Often, they work in outdoor conditions with varying temperatures and use a variety of tools and machinery. An aspiring facility maintenance manager might consider exercising regularly to build and maintain physical fitness levels.

Consider Certification or Licensing

After acquiring the work experience typically required by employers, an individual is usually ready to advance to maintenance management positions. A further step to consider is voluntary certification. Certification is offered by various associations, such as the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, and demonstrates a level of commitment and competence to prospective employers. After successfully passing the certification exam, an individual can use the professional designation Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.

In addition, employers may require candidates to have certain formal licenses or certifications that are required by the government. For example, apartment complex facility maintenance managers typically need to have Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for job consideration. EPA certification requires successfully passing an examination at an approved site.

In summary, the career path to becoming a facility maintenance manager includes three main steps:

  1. Earn a high school diploma
  2. Find an entry-level position in an area that interests you, and
  3. Consider obtaining certification or licensure from a respected association, such as the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals or the Environmental Protection Agency
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