The Society of Facility Engineers (SOFES) is a Michigan association established in 2010 by an Army Corp of Engineers veteran. It serves as an advocate for persons with self taught skills in building maintenance. Our objective is to enable persons with self taught skills in maintenance to enhance those skills through training and a SOFES skilled trade certification. Each SOFES certified worker helps America close the skilled trade worker gap which increases every year. America as of 2019 has more than 3,000,000 unfilled skilled trade jobs.
Under the guidance of one of our staff, a former city of Detroit Building and Safety Engineering license examiner and mechanical engineer field inspector, we are able to address barriers that persons with self-taught building maintenance skills face:
- Wages far below union wages
- Union controlled skilled trades
- US M Visas
We partnered with the Vocational Institute of Michigan to enable our members to take advantage this learning center’s more than 30 years of training and helping to place graduates into building operators and maintenance workers internships.
Members that hold SOFES facility engineer technician certificates are now eligible to take of advantage of building operations and maintenance training and placement internships.