What Does a FacilitiesTechnician Do?

A Facilities Technician (255B) is responsible for the maintenance, inspection and repair of the inside, outside and exterior areas around large buildings and complexes (including the roof), as well as the various systems within the facility, including ventilating, humidifier and air conditioning,  water and water treatment, heating and electrical systems.

A Facilities Technician checks and inspects fire safety equipment and performs grounds maintenance as well as maintenance around the inside, outside and exterior of smaller sized apartment buildings. A Facilities Technician monitors and operates electrical and plumbing systems and inspects and verifies emergency power, fire suppression and sprinkler systems, in addition to the above duties.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Knowledgeable about Building and Fire Codes, the provincial Ontario Health & Safety Act, and various Acts and Codes such as WHMIS, EPA etc.
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, shop drawings, work orders and schematics as well as reading and understanding code books, operating and procedures manuals, manufacturer's specifications, log books, inspection sheets and warranties
  • Writing clear, concise reports and service documents manually or on computer, including health and safety or environmental reports, and preparing work orders
  • Selecting, maintaining and using hand and power tools
  • Operating lifting devices and material handling equipment safely
  • Checking and inspecting fire safety equipment, as well as maintaining electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, water treatment, ventilation, domestic appliance and laundry systems
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting roofing
  • Maintaining, setting up and operating arc and oxyacetylene welding equipment  to plan out, organize and complete welding operations
  • Inspecting exterior grounds, cleaning up and maintaining ground facilities
  • Communicating and liaising with fellow workers, supervisors, contractors, clients, skilled trades people and company representatives

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Completion of Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with senior credits in Math, Science and English is recommended. Enrolment in OYAP, coop, or obtaining technical credits in Electrical or Welding would be a definite asset. Successful completion of a Facilities Technician apprenticeship requires 7520 hours of training, a combination of on-the-job hours plus three sessions of in-school training. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

You can find out more about Apprenticeship Subject Pathways at: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/studentsuccess/PathwayApprentice.pdf

There are also post-secondary community college programs for Facilities Technicians at Durham, St. Clair, Humber and Georgian Colleges. Check these out in our Links on our website.

What’s Your Future as a Facilities Technician?

Buildings require constant mechanical and technical maintenance, and the people who work in this field generally work full-time, with some evening, weekend or emergency work possible, both inside and outside on the grounds of the building they are maintaining. Some potential employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • School Boards
  • Universities
  • Shopping malls
  • Industrial facilities
  • Institutions/residential buildings
Wage Rate
  • Apprentices are paid in line with company policy but generally less than fully qualified or licensed personnel
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified Facilities Technicians can earn $12.00-$24.00/hr and up.

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Facilities Technician for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy using tools and learning about and applying your knowledge of different systems?

Yes      No

Do you like being busy with a variety of tasks and are you self-motivated and organized enough to complete them? 

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work indoors or outside and for long periods on your feet?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, lift, kneel, stoop, crouch and climb ladders?

Yes      No

Do you like to diagnose and find problems, then implement solutions?

Yes      No

Can you read and interpret blueprints, codes, regulations, and are you able to communicate effectively and clearly with co-workers and other trades people?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done safely and correctly?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Facilities Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • Truck & Coach Mechanic

 

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