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. Our mission is to offer credentials to enhance the knowledge, abilities, experience, and safety measures needed to work in building operations and maintenance and to support building operators and maintenance workers.
SOFES and its members are enthused that the US Department of Defense (DoD) has included facilities engineering as a career field, and as part of the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics workforce. The DoD’s facility engineer field like that of SOFES’ certified Facility Engineer Technicians is not limited to indoor environments. The DoD may encompass agriculture, mining, utilities, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation, warehousing, finance, insurance, real estate, waste management, educational, health care, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services, public administration, management of linear structures such as roadways, fences, and pipelines.
With the COVID pandemic widespread and seemingly unending, SOFES’ facility engineer technician credentials are more essential to ensure a safer building environment than ever before. Its facility engineer technician credentials, support, and enhanced safety measures are what owners, managers and those with the responsibility of protecting the life and limb of occupants may find indispensable. Occupants must be assured that those overseeing building operators and maintenance and outside contractors (when used) are not only qualified but are able to assure they don’t pose a threat to public health.
SOFES was established in the state of Michigan in 2010 to help ensure that all building operators and maintenance workers in residential buildings of multiple units, and industrial, commercial, government facilities are qualified and certified under common standards to keep occupants and facilities safe, secure, and comfortable.
The building operators and maintenance industry prior to SOFES facility engineer technician credentials was reluctant to hire workers with self-learned skills. They were often passed over due to a lack of a creditable credential. A US city or state building operator and maintenance license often restricted to a geographic area (if issued) was often the only creditable credential. Most US cities, states and federal government departments rely on the owner and property manager of a facility, or a contractor to assure building operators and maintenance workers are qualified to keep occupants, and the facility safe.
We are proud to be one of the first professional associations to advocate international recognition of a facility engineer technician certification earned through self-learned and trained methods. This means that those who have dedicated a significant part of their life making repairs in residential buildings of multiple units, and industrial, commercial, government facilities without a creditable credential to verify their skill set can do so as a SOFES member.