Facilities Operations & Management

NOTE: Dunwoody College isn’t accepting new students into the Facilities Operations & Management program for the 2022-23 academic year. If you are interested in a future start, please click the “Request More Information” button below and fill out the form.

The built environment has become increasingly more technologically sophisticated and energy efficient, opening up more and more opportunities for those who want a career ensuring the well-being of buildings and their occupants.

Pursue a variety of career paths with Dunwoody’s Facilities Operations & Management degree, including operations management, asset management, space management, building safety and security, and energy management.

Gain expertise in building systems and operations, stakeholder relationships and communications, preventative and predictive maintenance, and project management.

Learn to use a variety of software programs, including computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), REVIT and SketchUp for computer-aided design, integrated workforce management systems (IWMS), and building monitoring systems.

The Dunwoody campus will serve as a living laboratory where you’ll apply best practices to new, existing, and historic building systems and grounds. You’ll also learn to apply sustainable concepts to all areas of your work in facilities management.

Field trips to a variety of Twin Cities facilities and available study abroad and travel study programs will also increase your exposure to the built environment.

In your first semester, you’ll earn an OSHA30 General Industry card, EPA Section 608 certification. Students can also go on to pursue additional certifications as you progress through the program.

Dunwoody’s program has been designed to be consistent with the International Facilities Management Association’s (IFMA) Facilities Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) associate degree program standards and will seek program accreditation.

Class topics include:

  • Sustainable facility operations
  • Property maintenance
  • Building service systems
  • Smart buildings
  • Interpersonal communications and project management
  • HVAC&R and electrical systems

Degree Requirements

To view program requirements, including required courses, electives, course descriptions, and credit hours, visit:

College Catalog: Facilities & Operations Management

Common Job Titles

Possible job titles upon graduation include:

  • Operations Manager
  • Senior Maintenance Supervisor
  • Building Services Supervisor
  • Assistant Property Manager
  • Asset Specialist
  • Energy Controls Supervisor

Student Organizations

Opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom include:

  • SkillsUSA

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Facilities

AC/DC Electrical Lab

Learn how circuits work by testing the theories of electricity and magnetism.

  • Various electronic components – diodes, capacitors, LEDs
  • Circuit elements such as switches, transformers, inductors, and contactors
  • Experiment with multiple power sources of various voltage and frequency
  • Test and measure circuits with analog and digital multi-meters, voltmeters, ammeters, wattmeters and galvometers

Renewable Energies Lab

Learn about renewable energies, including solar and wind. Install and commission solar and wind equipment and learn about energy management.

  • 400 watt wind generator
  • Wind and solar trainers, solar tracking trainer, solar shading calculators
  • On-site battery storage
  • Benders, cutters, reamers, and other tools used in installing solar/wind power generation units

Commercial Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Lab

Learn about the systems used to heat and air condition commercial spaces as well as equipment used in refrigeration of commercial goods such as perishable foods and medical supplies.

  • 17 roof top units, six variable air volume boxes, 5 power roof ventilators, 2 cooling towers, 2 chillers, and 3 make-up air units for air conditioning and ventilation
  • 2 industrial burners, 2 commercial gas burners, 1 steam boiler and 2 heat pumps for heating