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Working As A Facilities Specialist

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Facilities Specialist Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Facilities Specialist

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Facilities Specialist Career Paths

Facilities Specialist
Facilities Coordinator Executive Assistant Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Executive Assistant Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Store Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Owatonna, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Facilities Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Facilities Specialist in the United States is $70,383 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Facilities Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Facilities Specialist Oracle America, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 09, 2016 $97,968 -
$139,133
Facilities Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 11, 2014 $95,000
Facilities Specialist Oracle America, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 20, 2016 $89,419 -
$139,133
Facilities Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $82,500
Facilities Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 09, 2015 $82,500
Facilities Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2012 $75,920
Senior Facilities Specialist Zimmer, Inc. Warsaw, IN Jan 27, 2016 $55,744
Gallery Facilities Specialist (Design Engineer) Spencer Weisz Galleries, Ltd. Chicago, IL Sep 09, 2015 $52,666
Facilities Management Specialist Mink of Lee County, Inc. Cape Coral, FL Sep 02, 2011 $52,175 -
$62,610
Nano Fabrication Facility Specialist Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE Jan 04, 2010 $51,000
Aviation Facilities Specialist Corgan Associates, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2012 $50,000
Aviation Facilities Specialist Corgan Associates, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2010 $43,000
Facilities Specialist Marine Hydraulics International Incorporated Norfolk, VA Nov 08, 2010 $40,801
Recreational Facility Specialist Aquasafe Pool Management, Inc. MD Mar 01, 2014 $40,112
Facilities Specialist Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. Norfolk, VA Nov 09, 2009 $37,524
Facilities Specialist Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. Norfolk, VA Nov 09, 2009 $37,398
Facilities Specialist Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. Norfolk, VA Nov 09, 2009 $36,962

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Top Skills for A Facilities Specialist

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Service Contracts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated and implemented safety procedures and standards to be observed throughout facility.
  • Have extensive experience in the transportation field providing customer service, contacting item managers for problem resolution.
  • Conducted surveillance on service contracts as the contract officer representative.
  • Maintain suite repairs and maintenance scheduling with building engineers including shampoo of carpets, office painting, and HVAC issues.
  • Developed a security plan for emergency situations and coordinated these plans with Senior Department Staff.

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Top 10 Best States for Facilities Specialists

  1. Alaska
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Minnesota
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Nevada
  7. Ohio
  8. Connecticut
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Indiana
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Facilities Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

59.1%

Female

30.7%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.5%

French

5.9%

Greek

5.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Facilities Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.6%

Community College of the Air Force

6.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.2%

Strayer University

5.6%

Colorado Technical University

5.0%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Kent State University

3.7%

Ohio University -

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.5%

Management

6.8%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Accounting

5.3%

Psychology

4.4%

General Studies

4.3%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Education

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Computer Science

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.0%

Project Management

2.8%

Parks And Recreation Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.7%

Other

30.3%

Associate

13.7%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.6%
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