The Society of Facility Engineers (SOFES) is a registered Michigan limited liability company. It was formed to support self-trained building operators and maintenance workers seeking credentials to substantiate trade skills and working hours.
The concept of advocating for self-trained building operators and general maintenance workers first arose when the founder was a member of the Progressive Power Plant Engineers (PPPE) during the 1950s. The PPPE was a minority organization open to all who wish to join. It trained and helped members to become skilled licensed building and maintenance operators.
Through the efforts of the PPPE during the 1950s people of color, especially women and foreigners were able to break through some of the barriers that made it difficult to find employment in building operations and maintenance work across America.
In 1990 nearly forty years later the Vocational Institute of Michigan (VIM) opened its doors to carry on the work of the PPPE. People of color, especially women and foreigners still faced road blocks. The institute unable to gain financial support and having to go it alone trained and placed hundreds of building operations and maintenance works across America for more than 30 years.
The Society of Facility Engineers (SOFES), Property Assistance Consultants (PACS), and Give Your Support to US (GYSTS) are all credited to VIM’s training and placement of building operations and maintenance works