Facility Management is a career that typically spans 3 to 4 decades, with strong opportunities for advancement. The demand for Facility Managers is driven by California’s robust economy and an aging workforce. There is a 30-1 ratio of Facility Managers leaving the workplace with those entering. New skills are needed in order to meet the high goals and challenges of achieving high performance operations in the built environment that California is facing. California’s Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350) calls for 5 billion square feet of commercial floor space to achieve extremely high emission reduction levels by 2030 with full implementation of SB 350 continuing through the year 2050. The community colleges have partnered with industry leaders in launching a very successful and scalable Facility Management Pipeline Training Program statewide that equips these future facility managers with the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to assist California in meeting these important energy reduction and environmental goals.
Google and Cushman & Wakefield partnered with ECU and the College of San Mateo to implement Facility Management training for their workforce. Read more here.
The future is bright for Facility Managers - see this article from the California Economic Summit.
The ECU Sector Team has secured a three-year, statewide license to the IFMA Essentials of Facility Management (EoFM) online course. This 25-hour course is available to colleges statewide at no cost. This course can be integrated into AS in Business programs along with a sequence of existing courses that align with IFMA's eleven core competencies. Regional industry advisory councils in Northern and Southern California facilitate internships and priority opportunities for employment through a statewide support agreement. Contact your local ECU Team member to learn more.
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The ECU Facility Management Case Study, A Sector Strategy Initiative was developed for the California Community Colleges and provides a playbook tailored to individual college student characteristics and program objectives. This playbook was selected and identified as a successful roadmap & model to follow and can be used by community colleges as they develop and implement successful workforce development initiatives.
High Performance Building Operations Professional (HPBOP)
Producing a new class of building operators performing at the highest levels, this High Performance Building Operations Professional (HPBOP) initiative brings in the collective thinking of leaders in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) segment. It is based on the US Department of Energy job task analyses that inform curriculum development for a systems approach to commercial building installation, operations, and maintenance. New job skills such as energy data analysis, environmental controls, and building automation systems comprise the primarily electromechanical approach to HVAC performance used by the current building operations workforce.