|The Society of Facility Engineers (SOFES) is an advocate for persons with general and professional building operations and maintenance skills and candidates seeking to acquire such skills.
SOFES was formed by its Vice President a former US Corps of engineer veteran after serving over 60 years as a public servant with more than 20 years as a buildings and safety engineers’ inspector of one of America’s largest cities. The concept of advocating for self-trained building operators and general maintenance workers arose when he was a member of the Progressive Power Plant Engineers (PPPE) of the 1950s. The PPPE advocated for minorities who found it difficult to find employment in building operations and maintenance across America, due mostly to closed union shops.
In 1990, nearly forty years later SOFES’ Vice President working as a buildings and safety inspector opened the Vocational Institute of Michigan (VIM). Minorities, especially women needed a learning center for building operations and maintenance training. VIM, finding itself having to train, place and advocate for its minority students due to close union shop controls and non-standardize practices of license examiners sought to free itself from conflicting interests by turning its advocacy tasks to SOFES.
SOFES, formerly D`Angus Technology, serves as advocate for persons with general and professional building operations and maintenance skills and candidates seeking to acquire such skills also certify those skills. With this responsibility comes a need to find money for operating expenses and overhead costs. Most funding is expected to come from the Vocational Institute of Michigan’ fund raising efforts. There is never enough funding to advocate, train and place workers in jobs, send a donation to the Vocational Institute of Michigan.