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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
  • $37,481

    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
Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Supply Chain Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inspector Material Handler Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Quality Control Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Facilities Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

34.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.1%

French

7.7%

Greek

7.7%

Chinese

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%
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Facilities Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.8%

Liberty University

6.6%

Iowa State University

6.6%

Ohio University -

5.5%

Colorado Technical University

5.5%

Villanova University

4.4%

The Academy

4.4%

Harvard University

4.4%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Troy University

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Clark College

3.3%

National University

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Robert Morris University

3.3%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Missouri State University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

Management

7.4%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Psychology

4.8%

Accounting

4.8%

General Studies

4.2%

Education

4.0%

Project Management

4.0%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Parks And Recreation Management

2.9%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.5%

Other

31.3%

Associate

13.2%

Masters

12.3%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.3%
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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 Oct 09, 2015 $82,500
Facilities Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 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

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  1. Safety
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor and take corrective actions related to the safety and security of building facility and assigned personnel.
  • Performed training of new personnel in preventative maintenance of facility systems.
  • Provided guidance in the development and implementation of interfacing procedures between standard and nonstandard logistics/supply systems.
  • Diagnosed and repaired mechanical, electrical, electronic circuitry and HVAC malfunctions.
  • Maintained 30+ Conference rooms with supplies, maintenance & AV technical support.

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