The Society of Facility Engineers (SOFES) is an association. We issue and oversee facility engineer technician certifications for eligible self-educated building operators and/or maintenance workers, and to those who are graduates of building operations/maintenance programs from a vocational institution, college or university and those who serve and have served in the US Armed Forces.
The concept of issuing and overseeing facility engineer technician certifications for persons with building operation and/or maintenance experiences stems from its Chief Operating Officer’s service in the US Army Corps of Engineer and his more than 22 years of service with the city of Detroit Building and Safety Engineering Department.
SOFES gains considerable input from its Chief Operating Officer’s more than 40,000 field inspections that included jurisdiction over building operators and building maintenance workers. As a former city of Detroit Mechanical Inspector, licensed by state of Michigan, who holds a current Mechanical Contractor license, he is better able and than most to understand the urgent need for these workers to hold certification from a global association.
As a US Army Corps of Engineer disabled veteran chosen for Operation White Star the prelude to the Vietnam War, he understand the need for US veterans to hold certification from a global association that recognize US veterans’ skilled trade experiences as comparable to civilian skilled trade experiences.
SOFES at Work
Through professional resources and networking we offer persons around the world with building operation and/or maintenance experience an opportunity to become part of an organization that issue and oversee skilled trade certifications that serve to verify skill and work experiences.
Our worldwide advocacy of support and issuance of Facility Engineer Technician certifications to persons in need of verifiable credentials to prove building operation and/or maintenance work experiences.
SOFES offer six levels of Facility Engineer Technician certifications that recognize knowledge, skill trade experience and accumulated work hours in building operations and/or general maintenance.
A SOFES Facility Engineer Technician certification enables employers to have a more reliable source to verify the skill set and work hours of candidates for hire.
Training and Education
Training and education is provided by SOFES' approved education providers. Education providers offer E-learning courses and face-to-face seminars in a wide range of building operations and maintenance.