Maintenance Management: Job or Profession?

Maintenance and engineering managers: Do you have a job? Or are you part of a profession?

Your answer to this question says something about the way you view maintenance and engineering management. For decades, most people responsible for the reliable, energy-efficient and safe operation of institutional and commercial facilities viewed their work as simply a job. But in the last decade or so, more managers have started viewing their duties and activities as a part of something larger. They have started treating their work as a profession and seeing themselves as part of a larger of community of professionals who deal with common challenges and some common resources at their disposal.

In her latest column for Facility Maintenance Decisions, Laurie Gilmer explores one important aspect of this evolution — the emergence of professional standards.

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