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Exploratory Study of Facility Management Education Opportunities at the University of Oklahoma

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Construction Division Technical Session 3: Case Studies

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Construction Engineering

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Anthony Perrenoud University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Anthony Perrenoud is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Construction Science Division of the College of Architecture. His teaching and research interests are in the area of pre-construction services, risk management, MEP systems, and leadership. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and a PhD in Construction Management, all from Arizona State University. Prior to joining OU, Perrenoud held several managerial positions in the electrical industry and provided consultation to several government organizations on alternative project delivery methods.

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Juvenal Huizar University of Oklahoma

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Through traveling throughout the eastern part of Europe Juvenal developed a love and fascination with buildings, their construction and maintenance in particular. The intricacy of buildings and their operation has been a field that needs more development in relation to future prospective careers for graduating college students. This paper is geared for Facility Management professionals and students interested within this field of Construction Management. This paper explores the Facility Management career opportunities within the State of Oklahoma. Juvenal Graduate of the University of Oklahoma Construction Science in December two thousand eighteen and is currently employee by a mid-sized United States General Contractor.

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The Facility Management (FM) industry has traditionally attracted workers from the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. As the role and responsibilities for facility managers become more and more sophisticated, so will the need for advanced FM education. The FM industry is providing resources and support to many universities to increase FM education opportunities. Universities throughout the nation are developing successful programs to providing training in FM, from certifications to master degrees. The University of Oklahoma is located geographically within two hundred miles of three large metropolitan cities. Industry relations and support have been a large factor in the success of FM programs. The paper's objective is to perform an exploratory study of the FM educational opportunities at the University of Oklahoma. Using past research, a survey was created and circulated to local FM associations for data collection. The methodology presented provides direction for future regional studies related to the FM industry. Responses are used to identify area FM demographics, education requirements within FM, current and future talent needs, potential employment opportunities for students, and transparency with the local FM career path. The findings provide direction for the University of Oklahoma to address education opportunities valuable to the regional FM industry.

Perrenoud, A., & Huizar, J. (2018, June), Exploratory Study of Facility Management Education Opportunities at the University of Oklahoma Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30482

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