Do I meet the minimum qualifications for Facility Managers?

To be considered as a candidate for the Facility Manager position, you must meet the minimum education and experience qualification requirements listed below.

Education Specialized Experience Check Your Level
BA/BS Degree (Non FM) 3 years (at least one year supervisory)
—– OR —–
MA/MS Degree (Non FM) 2 years (at least one year supervisory)
—– OR —–
Ph.D. Degree (Non FM) 1 year (which must also be supervisory)
—– OR —–
BA/BS or higher in Facility Management (FM) or Facility Engineering (FE) 0 years
—– OR —–
None of the above

Notes:

  1. In addition to education and experience requirements, candidates must be able to pass a computer-based skills test.
  2. Specialized experience includes serving as a(n):
    1. Professional Engineer, Engineering Technician, Facility Manager, Facility Management Specialist, Building Management Specialist.
    2. Equipment Specialist, Construction Manager, Manufacturer Field Service Representative.
    3. Foreman or journeyman in facilities maintenance, or in the electrical or mechanical trades.
    4. E-6 and higher rating in a military engineering MOS/Rating.
    5. Public Works Superintendent, Maintenance Foreman, Buildings and Maintenance Engineer, Facilities Shop Planner, and Estimator.
    6. Staff Civil/Base/Station Engineer in a military organization.

Further, to be considered for the Facility Manager position, you must be willing to move around the world.

Question Verification
Are you willing to be mobile and available anywhere around the world, including moving one’s home base, uprooting children from school, etc., every 2-3 years, and having to re-establish friendships or professional contacts at new locations?
Furthermore, are you willing to spend time, often brief (e.g., few days) but occasionally prolonged (e.g., month or more) away from your family because of job responsibilities?

Factors Influencing Your Competitiveness

There are a wide variety of factors influencing who is offered a position as a Facility Manager. These include how well a candidate performs on the oral assessment, the number of vacancies, the number of eligible hires already in line, and the number of people who accept job offers. Even though there are no guarantees that anyone will be offered a position, there are certain evaluation factors used to distinguish between candidates.

Below is a list of some of the factors used to evaluate candidates. By rating yourself honestly, you can get an idea of how competitive you might be. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button to view an analysis of your competitiveness. The self-evaluation is a guide for your use only. The U.S. Department of State does not use, pass on, or even record and retain the information contained in this questionnaire.

Experience

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the experience. Use the following scale:

Score Experience Description Typical Years of Experience
5 I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them in doing this task. 3 years of direct experience
4 I have routinely performed this task independently with little or no supervision. 2 years of direct experience
3 I have performed this task on the job with occasional assistance. 1 year or less of direct experience
2 I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job. No experience
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task. No experience

 

Experience 1 2 3 4 5
Experience performing annual facility condition inspections, including performing annual facility condition surveys, using visual inspection procedures for each property, and identifying maintenance and repair requirements.
Experience developing work orders, including developing work orders for all identified maintenance and repair requirements using the results of the facility condition survey, industry reference data on expected facility component life spans, and compiling foreseeable environmental issues.
Experience planning facility budgets and developing facilities budget estimates, including requirements identified in other organizational plans (e.g., growth).
Experience executing service contracts, including identifying facility components requiring commercial service contracts such as HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning), elevators, generators, building automation systems, etc., based on guidance and component’s user manuals.
Experience operating physical plants, including physical plant and facility components such as HVAC, elevators, major generators and building automation systems, etc., using component user manuals, management guidance, and industry practices.
Experience developing preventive maintenance plan, including identifying individual property components that require preventive maintenance through facility inspection and records examination and developing a comprehensive preventive maintenance schedule.
Experience maintaining physical plant, including plant and facility components such as HVAC, elevators, generators, building automation systems, etc., using a program of scheduled preventive maintenance using in-house workers or contractors.
Experience repairing physical plants, including plant and facility components such as HVAC, elevators, major generators and building automation systems, etc.), based on user manuals and industry standard practices.
Experience submitting facility maintenance and repair requirements documents, including submitting maintenance and repair requirements on time and in the required format based on relevant guidance.
Experience overseeing contractor performance based on appropriate guidance to ensure that contract work complies with the statement of work.
Experience performing routine safety inspections, including facilities, offices, shops, residences, and equipment to determine if any hazards to safety exist and takes measures to rectify these conditions based on appropriate guidance and standards.
Experience ensuring safe work practices, including ensuring work safety procedures are followed (e.g., lock-out/tag-out, safety equipment and apparel, etc.), using periodic work inspections, and following appropriate guidance and standards.
Experience with supervising, training, and hiring staff including daily assignments, training, monitoring, evaluation and improvement of work performance, and preparation of written performance reviews.

  

Please continue by rating your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the following knowledge and skills. Use the following scale:

Score Knowledge and Skills
5 I am considered an expert in this knowledge or skill. Because of my expertise I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them.
4 I have knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with little or no supervision.
3 I have some knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with occasional assistance.
2 I have had education or training in knowledge or skill, but have not performed it on the job.
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in this knowledge or skill.

 

Knowledge/Skill 1 2 3 4 5
Knowledge of facilities management fundamentals.
Knowledge of construction, including planning, methods, and materials used in the construction, renovation, and repair of buildings of intermediate size, such as multi-story office buildings.
Knowledge of machines and tools used in the construction of buildings and in building operations, including their purpose, correct use, repair, and maintenance. Such equipment will range from basic hand and power tools to heavy fork and scissor lifts, remote cameras, and electronic and mechanical diagnostic equipment.
Knowledge of types, standards, and uses of architectural and engineering drawings and specifications for building construction or machinery at a full professional level.
Knowledge of all aspects of facilities maintenance planning at the level needed to create, supervise, and carry out such plans, including space management, preventative and annual maintenance, projecting property and machinery replacement dates, on-the-fly cost estimate projections, cost/budget analysis to project out-year capital maintenance funding, and long-range planning to forecast major events and expenses.
Knowledge of the development, writing, limitations, and utilization of statements of work used when soliciting proposals from private contractors, vendors, or service companies, at a level sufficient to write clear and concise statements of work with limited assistance from subject matter specialists.
Knowledge of specialized computer applications for facilities maintenance, as well as standard computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Knowledge of commercial service contracts and how to establish such contracts for components such as HVAC, elevators, generators, building automation systems, etc.
Knowledge of physical plant operation, maintenance, and repair at a level sufficient to supervise employees and contractors. The physical plant is comprised of HVAC, elevators, generators, building automation systems, etc.
Knowledge of workplace safety practices and procedures, derived from professional education and experience, and industry safety resources to ensure safety at construction sites, to inspect facilities, offices, shops, residences, and equipment, to determine and rectify safety hazards, and to conduct training.
Knowledge of current environmental safety practices based upon professional training, government regulations, manufacturer warnings, and industry standards in order to ensure proper handling of hazardous materials and oversee tests of water and ambient air quality.
Skill in leading, coordinating, motivating, and directing a diverse, sometimes large, and usually multinational group of people.
Skill in using basic office computer programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, etc.

  

Amount of Self-Assessed Fit for Facility Manager

The table below indicates how well your self-indicated knowledge, skills and abilities, and experience fits with the requirements of the job and many of the factors with which candidates are evaluated.

Self-Evaluation of Competitiveness for Facility Manager

Score Key

Score (%) Amount of Fit
74-100 High
47-73 Medium
20-46 Low

For salary, detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position, please review the vacancy announcement.