Facility engineers are responsible for supervising and reviewing engineering facilities on behalf of their companies. They are in charge of performing initial surveys and developing schematic drawings for the construction and maintenance of different facilities, as well as securing bids from contractors and estimating labor and material costs for new constructions. They also revise and suggest changes to contracts based on their own expertise and observations.
Facility engineers must always strive to complete projects using fewer company resources and comply with federal, local, and state regulations regarding building codes. They must also work well with other engineers to facilitate the construction and maintenance processes and achieve all objectives within strict deadlines. However, they should also be well-organized and require minimal supervision.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are important in order to resolve issues as soon as they arise. These engineers also write detailed reports based on their progress and present them to the facilities supervisor in charge. They work regularly with both architects and engineers to develop effective strategies for construction efforts, and also define building procedures and layout requirements. They may provide support to inspect facilities and review computer-aided designs before committing to building projects, as well as oversee contract compliance and recommend changes to engineering processes. They also keep records of orders and documentation for future reference.
A bachelor's degree in an engineering-related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Facility Engineer Tasks
Oversee facility environment and its equipment, working to improve productivity.
Set and ensure adherence to maintenance and environmental control schedules.
Conduct training and support usage and operation, particularly special projects.
Make recommendations and oversee complex repair, upgrades and changes.
Inspect, troubleshoot and diagnose equipment problems, including making repairs.