Facility management (plant services management, facilities engineering) is an interdisciplinary field primarily devoted to the maintenance and care of large commercial care buildings, such as hospitals, ambulatory-care, clinics, oxygen storage sheds. Duties may include the care of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, emergency power (i.e. generators, flyback transformers, UPS), plumbing and lighting systems; housekeeping/cleaning; waste-removal; conducting infection-control risk assessment (ICRA); elevator maintenance; decoration; space utilization, safety and/or security officer, emergency management, grounds-keeping and security, and more.

It is the role of the Facility Manager to coordinate and oversee the safe, secure, and environmentally sound operations and maintenance of these real-property assets in a cost effective manner aimed at long-term preservation of the asset value.

The term "facility management" is similar to "property management" although not exactly the same. While both manage the day to day operations of a facility the property manager has an expanded role which includes leasing and marketing activities whereas the facility manager role focuses on existing tenants who usually are owner occupants.[1]

Disciplines []

Learning materials and learning projects can be used by multiple departments. Please cooperate with other departments that use the same learning resource.

Here is a list of Disciplines in Facilities Engineering

    • Coordinate a maintenance management program for:
      • buildings
      • equipment
      • utilities
      • grounds
  • Financial Management
    • Manage budgets for:
      • operations and maintenance
      • construction projects
      • capital
      • utilities


  1. American Hospital Association Certification Center. "CHFM Certification and Handbook". 24 pages. June 2010. 2010 CHFM Certification and Handbook.


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