Facilities management courses are commonly available through professional certificate programs in facilities management or as standalone courses. However, several schools also offer undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in technology that offer specializations in facilities management. While undergraduate courses typically cover introductory topics that apply to several areas of the field, graduate courses may focus more on specific areas, such as engineering management, construction management or real estate management. Core subjects will include:
- Improving productivity
- Finance of facilities
- Contract management
- Project management
List of Courses
Project Management and Supervision Course
In order to be successful in management, one must understand all aspects of an organization and its personnel. The main duties of an individual working in facilities management include planning and overseeing construction, increasing productivity, executing large projects, developing teams, motivating employees, problem solving, budget planning and more. This course touches on these responsibilities while providing students techniques to enhance their communication and leadership abilities. Upon completion, those enrolled better understand the role of facilities management workers and how they fit in with the overall organizational structure of a corporation.
Design and Space Planning Course
In order to plan a facilities project, it is crucial to understand the process of development. This course covers the best practices for developing and implementing design strategies, defining project requirements and anticipating the changing needs of an organization that could be effected by the building design in the future. With sustainability becoming more important, facilities management personnel must be aware of the materials and energy being used, as well as the efficiency of the design. Topics of discussion may include mechanical and plumbing issues, light and air quality, water efficiency and aesthetic trends of furniture and decor.
Operations and Maintenance Course
On top of project management and leadership skills, students must also gain an understanding of how the organization operates. They study the physical aspects of facilities management, such as interiors and exteriors, building structure and building grounds. Those enrolled also learn methods for managing cost, planning a budget, using equipment and creating a maintenance plan.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Course
Another aspect of facilities management is working with the air-distribution systems in the building. This course teaches participants to design and employ HVAC systems and prepares them for future maintenance of indoor air quality. It combines lecture and laboratory learning and allows students to utilize their problem-solving skills for some of the following tasks:
- Fan selection
- Pipe design
- Pump selection
- Coil selection