Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers

(NOC 0714)

in All Management

Facility operation managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and the included real estate. Facility operation managers work for a wide range of businesses like airports, harbours, canals, shopping centres, convention centres, warehouses, and recreational facilities. Maintenance managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the maintenance department within commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational and other facilities. Maintenance managers work for a wide range of organizations like office buildings, shopping centres, airports, harbours, warehouses, grain terminals, universities, schools and sports facilities, and by the maintenance and mechanical engineering departments of manufacturing and other industrial businesses.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 70 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 73% of Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $64,331. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$28.85

Minimum

$36.50

Median

$43.59

Maximum

Annual Pay

$15,007

Minimum

$55,859

Median

$102,057

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Facility operation managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and the included real estate. Facility operation managers work for a wide range of businesses like airports, harbours, canals, shopping centres, convention centres, warehouses, and recreational facilities.

Maintenance managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the maintenance department within commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational and other facilities. Maintenance managers work for a wide range of organizations like office buildings, shopping centres, airports, harbours, warehouses, grain terminals, universities, schools and sports facilities, and by the maintenance and mechanical engineering departments of manufacturing and other industrial businesses.

Job duties

Facility operation managers:

  • Manage the operations of facilities and the included real estate.
  • Oversee the leasing of space in the facility and the development of marketing strategies.
  • Manage administrative services like signage, cleaning, maintenance, parking, safety inspections, security and snow removal.
  • Manage construction projects to modify commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and real estate.
  • Oversee the installation, maintenance and repair of infrastructure like machinery, equipment and electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Manage the facility's operations budget.
  • Prepare reports and statistics related to areas of responsibility.
  • Hire and oversee training and supervision of staff.

Maintenance managers:

  • Direct the maintenance and repair of an organization's machinery, equipment and electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Develop and implement schedules and procedures for safety inspections and maintenance programs.
  • Coordinate cleaning, snow removal and landscaping operations.
  • Manage contracts for supplies and services.
  • Manage a facility's maintenance budget.
  • Hire and oversee training and supervision of staff.

Sample job titles

  • airport manager
  • building maintenance manager
  • convention centre manager
  • director of maintenance
  • facility operations manager
  • maintenance manager
  • property manager
  • recreation facility manager
  • shopping centre manager
  • warehouse manager

Skills

You need excellent communication, interpersonal, and negotiating skills along with confidence and initiative. Common sense and mathematical skills are important. You must be willing to accept new ideas, take risks, and make careful decisions. You need good written and spoken communication skills and you must be able to establish working relationships with a variety of people. Familiarity with computers would be helpful.

Job requirements

  • Facility operation managers need a college or university program in business administration or in a subject related to facility operation and maintenance or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience in administration or maintenance.
  • Maintenance managers need a college or university program in electrical or mechanical engineering or in another subject related to building maintenance or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience in building maintenance.

Other considerations

Several years of supervisory experience in facility operations or maintenance are usually required.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,565

employed in 2016

92.4%

employed full-time

7.0%

self employed

17.8%
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82.2%
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50.8

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

52.5%

Halifax

14.3%

Annapolis Valley

13.4%

North Shore

10.5%

Cape Breton

9.2%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

12.7%

Transportation and warehousing

12.7%

Real estate and rental and leasing

11.0%

Public administration

10.0%

Manufacturing

7.6%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

38.0%

45-54

25.0%

55-64

24.0%

35-44

6.0%

25-34

6.0%

65+

2.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

30.3%

College Diploma

$67,087 median annual income
28.3%

High school

$52,957 median annual income
13.7%

Bachelor

$57,571 median annual income
12.7%

Trade Certification

$58,200 median annual income
8.0%

Less than high school

$28,229 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Mechanical Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment, stationary power units and appliances, engines, self-propelled vehicles, housings and containers, hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement, and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems. They include courses in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Operations Management and Supervision

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production, and manufacturing. They include courses in principles of general management, manufacturing and production systems, plant management, equipment maintenance management, production control, industrial labour relations and skilled trades supervision, strategic manufacturing policy, systems analysis, productivity analysis and cost control, and materials planning.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS
Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

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