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Preventative maintenance is gaining attention within higher education facilities departments due to its numerous, cost-saving benefits. Many universities and colleges are hiring professionals who are ...

Preventative maintenance is gaining attention within higher education facilities departments due to its numerous, cost-saving benefits. Many universities and colleges are hiring professionals who are experienced in developing and implementing preventative maintenance programs and can provide immediate value to their institutions. Learn the typical responsibilities of these progressive maintenance roles and the skill sets to look for in qualified candidates.

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    • March 2013 G rowing Demand for Preventative Maintenance ProfessionalsP          reventa3ve  maintenance  has  been  gaining  aHen3on  within  higher  educa3on  facili3es  management  departments  due  to  the  significant  strains  that  deferred  maintenance  can  put  upon  limited  budgets.  Many  ins3tu3ons  have  come  to  realize  that  preventa3ve  maintenance,  while  requiring  an  ini3al  investment,  can  provide  substan3al  long-­‐term  savings.  This  concept  has  proven  itself  as  an  extremely  effec3ve  way  of  maintaining  building  systems  and  extending  equipment  service  life.While  there  are  numerous  and  diverse  benefits  of  preventa3ve  maintenance,  its  primary  advantages  are: ✓ Maximizing  efficiency. ✓ Increasing  produc3vity. ✓ Improving  performance  and  safety  of  equipment  assets. ✓ Prolonging  the  useful  life  of  equipment.Although  preventa3ve  maintenance  is  earning  recogni3on  for  the  above,  it  can  be  difficult  to  know  where  to  begin  ini3a3ng    a  program  when  there  has  been  no  prior  plan.  Therefore,  many  universi3es  and  colleges  are  making  efforts  to  hire  experienced  professionals  who  understand  preventa3ve  maintenance  and  who  can  provide  immediate  value  in  helping  to  develop  and  implement  a  comprehensive  and  effec3ve  plan.  These  individuals  are  responsible  for  developing  strategic  preventa3ve  maintenance  programs  that  ensure  safe  physical  environments  for  staff,  faculty  and  students.  They  assist  their  ins3tu3ons  in  priori3zing  projects  to  maximize  preventa3ve  maintenance  dollars  and  establishing  prac3ces  that  improve  the  performance  and  safety  of  equipment  assets.Typical responsibilities of preventative maintenance managers ‣ Developing  a  strategic  and  comprehensive  preventa3ve  maintenance  program  that  addresses  the  inefficiencies  and   needs  of  all  campus  facili3es  (includes  iden3fying,  forecas3ng  and  budge3ng  short-­‐  and  long-­‐term  facility   requirements). ‣ Developing  and  managing  preventa3ve  maintenance  procedures,  policies,  and  opera3ng  instruc3ons. ‣ Crea3ng  equipment  asset  inventories,  priori3zing  maintenance  and  upgrades,  and  developing  frequency  schedules   and  tasking. ‣ Analyzing  and  interpre3ng  data  for  the  crea3on  of  reports  and  projec3ons. ‣ Capturing  and  formaDng  facility  asset  data  for  use  in  computerized  maintenance  management  systems  (CMMS). ‣ Managing  personnel,  vendors,  and  resources  for  all  projects. ‣ Con3nually  monitoring  and  adjus3ng  program  to  improve  effec3veness  and  efficiency.
    • March 2013 To secure professionals who can perform and make a positive impact in these roles, higher education institutions need to look for specific qualifications and skill sets in facilities professionals: ‣ Bachelor’s  degree  in  Engineering  or  related  field. ‣ Extensive  knowledge  of  preventa3ve  maintenance  systems  and  industry  standards  with  the  ability  to  develop,     implement  and  assess  preventa3ve  maintenance  programs. ‣ Understanding  of  CMMS  soUware  and  how  to  develop  databases  and  implement  systems  to  be  u3lized  for     equipment  maintenance  tracking,  work  orders,  inventory  control,  and  building  history. ‣ Thorough  knowledge  of  electrical,  mechanical,  plumbing,  and  building  controls. ‣ Crea3vity  and  adeptness  at  re-­‐engineering  opera3ons  and  procedures,  formula3ng  policies,  and  developing  and   implemen3ng  new  strategies  and  processes. ‣ Knowledge  of  all  codes  and  ordinances,  (federal,  state,  and  local)  and  regula3ons  (OSHA,  safety,  and  fire)  per3nent   to  facili3es  planning,  design,  construc3on,  and  maintenance.     ‣ Experience  handling  mul3ple  and  simultaneous  tasks  and  projects. ‣ Experience  training,  managing,  and  mentoring  employees;  priori3zing  work;  and  organizing  resources. Specific  skill  sets: ‣ Developing  budgets  that  support  data  and  projec3ons. ‣ Analyzing  complex  issues,  and  developing  innova3ve  and  responsive  solu3ons. ‣ Reviewing  and  interpre3ng  schema3cs,  drawings,  and  blueprints. It  should  be  noted  that  predic3ve  maintenance  is  a  method  that  can  offer  even  more  cost  savings  than  preventa3ve   maintenance  because  it  involves  work  being  done  only  when  it  is  warranted.  While  predic3ve  maintenance  shares  the  same   benefits  as  preventa3ve  maintenance,  its  is  performed  at  a  scheduled  3me  when  the  maintenance  ac3vity  can  be  the  most   cost-­‐effec3ve.  Predic3ve  maintenance  roles  and  desired  candidate  qualifica3ons  are  similar  to  those  of  preventa3ve   maintenance. Because  these  proac3ve  maintenance  concepts  are  gaining  recogni3on  for  the  value  they  offer  to  higher  educa3on  facili3es   departments,  professionals  who  have  the  capabili3es  to  fulfill  these  roles  are  in  demand  and  can  be  difficult  to  aHract  and   secure.  There’s  no  doubt  that  ins3tu3ons  that  are  successful  in  hiring  individuals  who  can  lead  their  preventa3ve  and   predic3ve  maintenance  ini3a3ves  will  see  real  benefits  in  the  years  to  come. If  your  ins+tu+on  is  contempla+ng  a  strategic  hire  to  enhance  your  preventa+ve  or  predic+ve  maintenance  capabili+es,  we   invite  you  to  contact  Jim  Lord,  Managing  Director.  Jim  is  highly  knowledgeable  of  maintenance  objec+ves  within  ins+tu+ons   and  of  aArac+ng  professionals  who  can  successfully  develop  and  implement  these  important  strategies.  If  you  are  a  facili+es   professional  who  is  experienced  in  preventa+ve  and  predic+ve  maintenance  and  you  are  seeking  a  new  career  opportunity,   we  encourage  you  to  visit  our  Current  Searches  page  and  submit  your  qualifica+ons  via  our  Resume  Submission  Form.HELBLING & ASSOCIATES, INC. RETAINED EXECUTIVE SEARCH C o n s t r u c t i o n   •   F a c i l i t i e s   M a n a g e m e n t   •   R e a l   E s t a t e   •   E n g i n e e r i n gPittsburgh www.helblingsearch.com 724.935.7500