The larger the size of a facility (or series of facilities), the more work there is to be done. These facilities always require attention in the form of regular cleaning, upkeep and maintenance, occasional repairs and renovations, and many other little things that are vital to smooth operations. Facilities technicians are responsible for fighting against the natural entropy of a large environment to help ensure that the facility is clean, safe, and functional for everyone who uses it.
Facilities technicians utilize varied skill sets in their work; this generally consists of regular inspections to identify problems. Among these include minor repairs to plumbing or electrical systems (or contacting specialists when the job is complex), changing dead light bulbs, and performing cleaning and other maintenance duties as needed. Additional responsibilities may include assembling furniture and devices, arranging rooms, dealing with vendors, and coordinating security, and they may also supervise other technicians and coordinate their activities.
There are no strict educational requirements for this position, though some employers may prefer applicants who have an educational background in project management. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of lifting as much as 100 pounds and kneeling and moving for long periods of time. Good oral communications skills and the ability to work well as a team member are also important.
Facilities Technician Tasks
Maintain, repair, and renovate physical office environment through tool use and contractor use.
Assist mailroom duties through sorting and delivery of parcels.
Assist office reorganization through furniture and equipment moves.