Why Choose Facility Management?
The Facility Management bachelor's degree program is one of many two- and four-year degree programs focused on the built environment. The two-year, upper-division program is designed for students who have already earned an associate degree in Architectural Technology or a related program.
Facility Management combines a core of general education and business studies with building technology and facility coursework. The mission of the program is to provide students with the educational concepts, skills and values necessary to successfully enter the employment market in facility management and related professions.
This innovative program is one of only six 'Recognized FM Programs' as rated by the International Facility Management Association, meeting the highest academic standards for professional education in facility management.
Students complete a paid internship, for a minimum of 10 weeks, between their junior and senior years. This experience is an integral part of the student's formal FM education by providing 'real-life' learning for the student.
Both intern students and gradautes serve the profession well and enhance program recognition and respect. One hundred percent of FM graduates who seek positions upon completion of their degree find employment in the facility management profession.
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Facility Management is the practice of coordinating the physical work place with the people and work of a particular organization. Specifically, it is the management of facilities to maintain a safe, healthy, and well-designed work environment. Facility Management integrates principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences.Provide a foundation in mathematics and physical science, behavioral science, written and verbal communication, and computer skills.
The Facility Management program is designed to meet the following objectives:
Provide a solid foundation in business and management and its application to Facility Management.
Develop an ability to use the tools and techniques of the facility manager.
Develop an understanding of facility analysis, planning and design.
Develop knowledge of the architectural and construction process.
Develop knowledge of contemporary office technology and philosophy.
Develop knowledge of building systems technology and the proper operation and care of those systems.
The demand for facility management graduates is high and a career in facility management offers many opportunities. The responsibilities of facility management are varied and numerous. A facility manager may supervise numerous aspects of a company’s facilities, including architecture, interior design, computer systems, telecommunications, real estate acquisition, security and more. As such facility managers wear many professional hats and must be knowledgeable and skilled as follows: communicators, environmentalists, designers & space planners, strategic planners, financial planners, “tekkies” and team leaders (International Facility Management Association - IFMA).
Entry-level positions offer competitive salaries ranging from $27,000 to $52,000 per year, depending on geographic location, company size and position. Annual salaries for facility management professionals range from $65,000 to $80,000. Top facility executives earn in excess of $200,000.
Academically prepared graduates of Ferris’ Facility Management program have successfully transferred to Master of Architecture programs. The technology emphasized at Ferris compliments the theory and design emphasis at architectural schools to produce a well-rounded professional education.
To be admitted to the upper-division sequence of Facility Management, students must have completed the Architectural Technology program at Ferris or a similar program at a recognized, regionally accredited institution.
Students who don't meet the above criteria still may be accepted into the Facility Management program. Their academic background will be reviewed by the program faculty committee, and if deficiencies are noted, students may enter the program on a conditional basis. Upon completion of courses to remedy the deficiencies, students will be accepted into the program.
The Facility Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. a certificate in facility management, designed for the working professional
In addition to the bachelor of science degree in Facility Management, other options are available to students. These include:
a minor degree in facility planning management
a minor degree in facility operations management
The minors are designed for students pursuing degrees in other Ferris baccalaureate programs.
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