Facilities Management (FMGT) is an evolving profession that seeks to sustainably integrate the natural environment with the built environment. The built environment consists of all the physical assets humans utilize to produce the goods and services that maintain our standard of living. Today’s intelligent buildings and infrastructures require managers who can operate within an interdisciplinary, diverse, and global work environment that relies on integrated information management systems. FMGT professionals need a solid foundation in sustainable best-practices to efficiently and cost-effectively integrate human assets with an organization’s critical physical and technical assets.
The FMGT concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree at the University of Hawai’i – West Oʻahu combines technical training with the liberal arts to focus on professional and managerial competencies to meet the demand for leadership within the workplace environment. This academic pathway is designed to prepare students and working professionals for positions in the sustainable facility and infrastructure management professions. Students will be exposed to topics such as sustainable project management, sustainable operations & maintenance, corporate real estate, interior programming & space planning, environment, health, & safety, and other specialized areas of study. Courses at UH West Oʻahu are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.
The FMGT concentration provides students with a solid foundation for achieving the following IFMA professional certifications:
- Facility Management Professional (FMP®) designation recognizes competency with the essential core facilities management practices.
- Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP®) designation recognizes competency with the sustainable facilities management practices.
- Certified Facility Manager (CFM®) designation recognizes competency with the facilities management leadership practices.
Potential career opportunities include V/P of Facilities, Director of Facilities, Facility Managers, Plant Managers, Building Managers, Property Manager, Infrastructure Managers, Operations Managers, Maintenance Managers, and Sustainability Managers within a variety of industrial, commercial, residential, recreational, governmental, and critical infrastructure sectors.
Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for prerequisite information.
FMGT 301: Finance, Business, and Project Management for Facilities
This course introduces finance, business, and project management for facilities managers. Topics include financial management, procurement, contracting, and project management processes as related to the operations and maintenance of facilities. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared for the Finance & Business examination and the Project Management examination for certification as Facility Management Professionals.
FMGT 302: Operations, Leadership, and Strategy for Facilities
This course introduces the fundamentals of building operations and maintenance and leadership and strategy for facilities managers. Topics in the first portion of the course include assessing facility needs, managing operations and maintenance of equipment and systems, overseeing occupant services, managing service providers, and measuring performance. Topics in the second portion of the course include strategic planning and leadership within the context of facilities management. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared for the Operations Maintenance examination and the Leadership & Strategy examination for certification as Facility Management Professionals.
FMGT 330: Sustainability in Facility Management
This course provides an in-depth examination of the strategic and operational aspects of sustainable facilities. Topics include the eight major categories of sustainability (energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environment, services, waste, and site impact), as well as sustainable business management practices. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared for certification as Sustainable Facility Professionals.
The FMGT concentration is offered in partnership with sponsors including the IFMA Hawai‘i Chapter, Hawaiian Society for Healthcare Engineering, Hawai‘i Energy, Trane, Honolulu Department of Facility Maintenance, Naval Facilities, and the Office of Naval Research. These and other industry partners serve on an advisory board to ensure specialized areas of study remain relevant and appropriate for Hawai‘i’s workforce needs.
Dr. Jeffrey Rogers, PE, CPE, SFP, FMP
Associate Professor, Facility Management