The first step to become a facility engineer Manager is obtaining the proper education. You will need to complete at least a 4 year bachelor’s degree program. You degree field will be revolved around structural, mechanical and manufacture engineering. After completing your degree. You would want take on as many intern opportunities as possible, along with employment in related fields. When aiming towards a management position one of the key factors revolves around your experience during and after college. Obtaining an EPA Certificate, CFM certificate and other certification is very important to have with hopes of a higher position. It is very important to maintain certification. Although it all depends on the employer, a Professional Engineering license may not be required, but most of the time it is required.
Some of the key skills to being a Facility Engineer are being very familiar with verbal and written communication, MAYA, ReliaSoft Weibull ++6, Mathworks MATLAB, knowledge of structural codes and the ability to read and fully understand blue prints. Mastering these keys will help you move your way up in the facility. To work your way up to management you must demonstrate your hunger, simply because there will be other facility engineer with the same goals. Take care of the facility, engineering is one thing you demonstrate your interest towards. However, keep the facility up, such as the cleanliness of the facility, organizing, arranging, reporting unusual activity, giving feedback, and staying out of gossip. Maintain a positive, and hardworking attitude. With any management position in any field, your leadership skills along with experience, performance, attendance and who you are as an employee plays a major role in the elevation of your career.
Along with proving skills in terms of the educational portion. You must have great problem solving skills. Always make sure you are the go-to guy or gal in the facility. The employee who just knows every darn thing about the facility and he/she has only been there for 1 year. 70% of degree holders put an end to their education after completing their degree. Most of them are sick of schooling, they just want to gag from the thought of researching, syllabus, seminars, and blah… blah… blah…(is class over yet?). Think about it, you’re done schooling, you’ve gained all of the key skills and knowledge to apply yourself. Now the only thing left to do is get a job, apply everything you’ve learned and you’ll gain experience from there. While that is definitely the main goal. However, in order to reach any higher position whether it’s a supervisor, manager, assistant manager, or even as high as the CEO. You have to keep educating yourself. Read about a new software or a new code you ran across at work, cause there will be things you haven’t seen before. Your manager will be there to help you with the new information, however in your spare time, educate yourself.