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How would you describe the pace the pace of work at facilities maintenance

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Coty’s Answer

Not to avoid the question but that's a hard one to answer. It depends on what field you're in. When I did building maintenance for a high-rise luxury apartment it was very stressful very fast paced and lots of overtime. That is why I left that place. I now do building maintenance for a multiple car dealership the pace is slower I have more responsibility less stress. If you work for a smaller company you will have usually more flexibility less benefits, a large company more rigid more stress better benefits. Also the size of your team determines on how fast or slow pace.
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Dawn’s Answer

For facilities management in a corporate setting, you are always on the move that is for sure! Something is always happening. If you like to do something different everyday then it is great!
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Joe’s Answer

In my business , which is plant maintenance the pace is slow but steady because safety is very important . When there are equipment failures and breakdowns the pace can be very fast and hectic.
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Brian’s Answer

For the most part, I try to coach the mantra "you have to go slow in order to be fast". Practice makes perfect. Its better to do something slowly and the result last for a long time than it is to do something quickly and the result end in failure when you turn your back.

Some facilities or equipment is mission critical in which quick turnarounds and a fast pace is necessary. I prefer redundant systems and work-arounds to reduce time pressure stress.

Managing multiple facilities with a variety of occupants from business professionals to inmates seems to me to be fast paced only because there is always something urgent that requires attention.

Facilities maintenance is an interesting field that varies greatly depending on the size, quantity, usage, and occupants a facility is purposed for.
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Michael "Mike"’s Answer

The pace varies due to a wide variety of factors. Typically a request for service comes in and you start by determining what the client wants. You start planning the tasks tools, staffing and materials required. Order materials and supplies, schedule staff and any other considerations (such as working around client staff schedules). If any other tradesmen or contractors or utilities staff, that will need to be taken into consideration as well.
Emergency situations may also come up at any time. Facilities maintenance typically requires you be on call 24/7, to handle the unforeseen circumstances that arise.
Preventative maintenance is more often handled at a more steady pace, as they are planned and scheduled in advance.
The type of facility (or facilities) also affects the pace of the work. A malfunctioning door in a jail is far more critical than a malfunctioning door in an office building.
Facilities maintenance covers all the trades and every type of building and building system you can imagine. With that in mind the pace will change with each task, but it helps keep it interesting.
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Hector’s Answer

Matthew, In a short sentence; Never ending work. There are a hard pace and a soft pace for the work in facilities maintenance, but that will depend on various factors: how old or how new the facility is, are you working preventative or corrective maintenance in your works? (that means are you troubleshooting and fire fighting all the time or are you working normal maintenance tasks at a normal pace? Is your equipment second-hand, or new? Did management approve your budget for parts or are you mending your because they did not approve all the budget you required to repair the equipment? Are your technicians qualified or they just know enough to get by? Does Manufacturing allow you the time to make the repairs or you have to mend in place and beg for time? Do you have all the personnel you need or they cut your group size because of budget cuts? Does Management know how important is your work or they don't care (If you think I am exaggerating, I am not, sometimes, management does not understand what it takes to maintain a facility, and it will make your job harder, so part of your job will be to make them aware of the reality.
The pace is set depending also on the manager and the supervisor. With qualified personnel, spare parts, and a good repair and inspection program, you can keep a Facility working well easily. However, you will find in real life that it isn't always an easy way, especially in Facilities Maintenance.
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