INSIDE A commercial facility’s long- term success and function- ality are owed to the team of engineers caring for the structure, often behind the scenes. From lighting, air condition- ing and plumbing, to machine repair and fire safety, engineers wear a vast array of hats to maintain comfortable conditions for people within build- ings. The importance of facility engi- neers is reflected in the industry’s demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the engineering industry is one of the fastest-growing job markets of the next 10 years. Let’s take a look at what a comprehensive engineering team looks like. n The team. Com- mercial facilities generally employ one or more engi- neers to maintain the comfort and physical elements within build- ings, depending on the size, scale, age, industry and unique needs of a structure. There are multiple types and experience levels of engineers that may support a building, including: • Chief building engineer. The per- son leads the team and serves as the main point of contact for facil- ity leadership. Chiefs typically have a decade or more of field experi- ence under their tool belts along with management training and any additional required state licensure. As the leader, a chief engineers is responsible for ensuring the overall safety of both teammates and build- ing occupants. This includes handling machinery, providing a safe work- space, ensuring signage and spaces are marked appropriately, etc. Chiefs prepare for worst-case scenarios, pro- actively creating plans of action for system failures to keep the building running and get it back online in the event of an outage, flood or any other critical disaster. Chiefs also run point on implementing regulatory compli- ance fixes in advance of surveys and audits. • Assistant chief engineer. This per- son assists the chief in overall duties and communicates designated tasks to team members. As the right hand of the team’s leader, the assistant chief is flexible and adaptable and joins or stands in for the chief at job sites to lead and direct the engineer- ing team. Assistant chiefs generally have a similar tenure of experience as the chief along with all appropri- ate licensures and certifications. • Building engineers I and II. These The façade of the building has a useful life, which can become a big expense Building façade Environmental • Climate change • Pollution and waste • Resource allocation • Efforts to manage these risks and maintain viable operations Social • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion • Community service and impact Workforce training and resources Health and safety Governance • Business structure and leadership Risk management Decision making process Alignment between shareholders, executives, and workforce Adopting ESG strategies as a matter of survival and future-proofing ESG contribution PAGE 10 Taking steps to create a high-performing, diverse workforce Recruit, retain Please see Engineers, Page 26 October 2022 PAGES 16-19 PAGE 8 Julie Hogan Vice president of marketing and communications, CCS Facility Services Engineers: Pillars of facility operations The training pillars of facility operations