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Facilities Engineering Education and Training Program Information

Training for facilities engineers, who oversee the development, design and construction of large-scale systems and facilities, is somewhat rare. Facilities engineering education is most commonly available at the bachelor's degree level.

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Essential Information

Both facilities engineering and facilities engineering technology bachelor's degree programs provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the design and construction of large facilities and systems, along with training on how to keep those systems running.

Architectural engineering bachelor's degree programs may offer similar training on building and construction, along with large systems, such as heating, ventilation, and electrical. Several schools offer workshop courses for engineers, architects, or related professionals who want to learn more about facilities engineering. Engineering technology degree programs are also available and are typically geared toward students with an interest in becoming engineering technicians, who assist engineers.

Though not required for these programs, previous experience in high school with chemistry, math and physics may be helpful to students. Bachelor's programs generally take four years to complete.


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Training Programs in Facilities Engineering

Both facilities engineering and facilities engineering technology programs focus largely on engineering principles. Possible course topics include:

  • Environmental systems in facilities
  • Fluid power
  • Basic electrical systems
  • Facilities planning techniques
  • Facility maintenance and management

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the Association for Facilities Engineering, building systems are becoming more complicated, and the role of facilities engineers has changed and grown through the years (www.afe.org). The national median salary earned by a facilities engineer was $77,185 as of January 2016, according to PayScale.com.

Certification and Continuing Education

The Association for Facilities Engineering has several credential programs for those who work in physical plants, including the Certified Plant Engineer designation. Individuals must pass an exam that covers principles of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering. To qualify, applicants should have work experience and a four-year degree in engineering, architecture, or a related field (www.afe.org). Those who have been practicing professional engineers for at least four years are also eligible for the certification and do not have to take the exam.

Those interested in further study may consider master's degree programs in architecture, engineering, or facilities management. The Association for Facilities Engineering also has continuing education opportunities, in addition to career resources, in the form of online webinars and in-person conferences.

While there aren't many programs in facilities engineering, the bachelor's training programs that can be found focus heavily on courses in engineering. Professional certifications and master's programs are also available in this field.

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