What Is Facilities Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including facilities maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other recent article, we introduced you to mechanical maintenance and electrical maintenance. Check those out too if they strike your fancy.

And in a second (upcoming ) series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance. So stay tuned for all that.

For now, read and enjoy the article, and let us know if you have any questions about your own maintenance training program at work. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. 

Facilities Maintenance

Like other branches of maintenance, facilities maintenance is involved in installation, inspection, routine upkeep, and repair of machines and equipment.

More specifically, facilities maintenance is concerned with maintenance in a commercial facility where no manufacturing activities are taking place. For example, facilities maintenance occurs at places like office buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and universities.

If the commercial facility is involved in manufacturing, then maintenance activities there are known as industrial maintenance. If it’s a residential building, then that’s property maintenance.

Facility Manager and Facility Maintenance Technicians

There are two basic job roles involved in facilities maintenance. The first is the facilities manager. The facilities manager is ultimately responsible for all ensuring all maintenance work is performed (as well as janitorial services and more).

The second job responsibility is the facilities maintenance technician. These are the skilled employees installing, inspecting, repairing, and replacing equipment at the facility. There work is typically scheduled, and it may include corrective maintenance as well as preventive and/or predictive maintenance.

Facilities Maintenance Training Topics

Facilities maintenance techs may need a variety of maintenance skills, including electrical and mechanical, but they’ll also need to know how to inspect, service, and repair:

We provide online training courses on facilities maintenance topics as well as online training for other maintenance specialities. Let us know if we can help you with maintenance training at your facility.

And before you go, please download our free guide to online facilities maintenance training.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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