Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Facilities Management

Overview

Facilities management is an evolving profession that seeks to sustainably integrate the natural environment with the built environment. Facilities management professionals need a solid foundation in sustainable best-practices to efficiently and cost-effectively integrate human assets with an organization’s physical and technical assets. The Facilities Management concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree combines technical training with liberal arts to meet the demand for leadership within the high-tech workplace environment. It is designed to prepare students and working professionals for positions in the sustainable facility and infrastructure management professions. Courses at UH West Oʻahu will be offered through both in class and distance learning instruction.

Facilities Management students will be exposed to topics such as building operations, personnel management, and customer service, to prepare them for industry certification.

The Facilities Management concentration provides students with a solid foundation for achieving the following IFMA professional certifications:

  • Facility Management Professional (FMP®) designation recognizes competency with the essential core facilities management practices.
  • Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP®) designation recognizes competency with the sustainable facilities management practices.
  • Certified Facility Manager (CFM®) designation recognizes competency with the facilities management leadership practices.

Note: This concentration differs from the Applied Science Facilities Management concentration.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in Facilities Management from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic skills to effectively manage the project management function within the context of sustainable buildings & infrastructures.
  • Demonstrate basic skills to effectively manage the operation & maintenance function within the context of sustainable buildings & infrastructures.
  • Demonstrate basic skills to effectively manage the environmental, health, & safety function within the context of sustainable buildings & infrastructures.
  • Demonstrate basic skills to effectively manage the corporate real estate portfolio within the context of sustainable buildings & infrastructures.

Internships / Practicums

The facilities management concentration partners with an active Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) whose membership organizations include the UH West O’ahu Facilities, IFMA Hawaii Chapter, Hawaiian Society for Healthcare Engineering, Hawaii Energy, Ingersoll/Trane, Honolulu Department of Facility Maintenance, Wheeler Public Works, Naval Facilities, Office of Naval Research, Naval Post-graduate School, Hale Koa Hotel, Four Seasons, Ko Olina Beach Club, Pali Momi M/C, Queens Hospital, etc. IAB members collaborate with facilities management student chapter members to meet current and future internship/scholarship needs.

Careers and Earning Potential

Potential career opportunities include positions as vice president of facilities, director of facilities, facility managers, plant managers, building managers, property managers, infrastructure managers, operations managers, maintenance managers, and sustainability managers within a variety of industrial, commercial, residential, recreational, governmental, and critical infrastructure sectors.

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.

Student Clubs

The University of Hawai’i – West Oahu Facilities Management Student Chapter is committed in providing its peers the support needed to succeed. It encourages the idea of sustainability and priding its members as stewards of the environment.