If you've been searching for a path to take in life, vocational training is one of the better, faster ways to get moving. A field that is in need of more people is facilities maintenance. Facilities maintenance training is extensive and thorough, so you may wonder if you should commit to these classes. If you have wanted to do something hands-on with STEM fields and want more variety in your daily work, facilities maintenance is absolutely a viable path for you.
You Want to Work With Many STEM Fields
Science, technology, engineering, and math fields are interesting and ever-growing, but what do you do if you can't decide which field to follow? In facilities maintenance, you can work with all of them. You need math skills for both budgetary and construction purposes, technology skills for computerized maintenance and installation, engineering for electrical and more construction maintenance, and general science to help you understand heating, cooling, and other maintenance-related fields. You get to use pretty much everything but rocket science in facilities maintenance—but even then, you may get to work on motors as well.
You Want to Put Your Knowledge to Use in Everyday Circumstances
Workers in fields like engineering are lucky because the majority of the work they do is practical and has real-world effects. Much of that work is done in offices and labs, however, and if you prefer to see the effects of your work on how people really live every day, facilities maintenance is again your best bet. You work directly on buildings and services that people need to use every day rather than on theoretical works that may or may not be released to the public.
You Want Different Options for Work Locations
Facilities maintenance techs can work at apartments, office buildings, universities, and more. When you look for a position, you'll see there's a lot of variety (depending on availability) regarding the type of location in which you work. Maybe you're concerned about the local housing quality and want to work to improve tenants' lives; maybe you prefer to keep a school running so students can learn in a safer environment; or maybe you prefer working in traditional office settings or universities as a way to support researchers.
Facilities maintenance training doesn't take very long, although you should be prepared to take classes in several topics. With a well-rounded educational background, you'll be able to handle the tasks that make facilities maintenance so interesting.