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Denver — Sept. 17, 2014 – According to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, the number of positions in the facilities management field has increased by 64 percent in the first two quarters of this year, compared to the same time last year.
Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training, offers its students hands-on training in the facilities management field, a rapidly growing industry.
The facilities management associate’s degree program, established in April 2013, prepares students for careers in the field of facility management, focusing on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing, and cost of energy-management systems. Students receive instruction designed to prepare them to analyze, operate, and maintain mechanical and electrical systems.
A sample of possible facilities management jobs that graduates of Ecotech Institute’s program could qualify for include: Energy Technician, Energy Auditor, Maintenance Supervisor, and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.
Ecotech Institute’s Facility Management Technology program was developed in coordination with the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), the world’s largest and most widely recognized association for professional facility managers. IFMA’s more than 19,000 members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property worldwide.
“Our Facility Management Technology Program offers the most specific and hands-on education available to students seeking this career path,” said Chris Gorrie, Ecotech's academic dean. “They receive the best instruction designed to prepare them for real-world application. Our students have developed on-the-job skills before they even graduate, making them fierce competitors for jobs in a rapidly expanding field.”