Program Overview

The Associate in Science Degree in Facilities Management provides graduates with the ability to assist in the management, operation, and repair of building systems, facility operations, occupant services, and maintenance operations. 

This facility management degree at New England Tech empowers aspiring professionals to familiarize themselves with facilities-related topics that employers deem most critical. 

To become a successful practicing facilities management professional, attaining a perfect blend of real-world knowledge and hands-on skills is essential. 

The demand for qualified facility managers is growing across industry segments since businesses of all sizes recognize the importance of well-organized facilities. It is a profession that touches every organization, large and small. 

The facility management sector will reach $60B by 2023. This exponential growth and potential should come as no surprise as the facilities management industry is flourishing rapidly. Get more information about New England Tech’s Facilities Management Associate degree today!

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Full Description 

New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science in Facilities Management degree program emphasizes the development of real-world knowledge and hands-on skills required by today’s facility and building managers. 

Students will understand the theory and best practices applied in today’s facilities management industry through a comprehensive academic and laboratory environment.

The program provides a broad spectrum of coursework ranging from plumbing, pipefitting, heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, electrical and wiring systems to health and safety standards and basic computer software used in the industry. 

Upon graduation, students will receive an Associate in Science Degree in Facilities Management.

Our facilities management program graduates can also continue their education with our Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Potential Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Facilities Management AS degree program can pursue positions across various industries, including:

Facility Manager

Real Estate Manager

Property Manager

Regulatory Compliance Officer

Stadium Manager

Superintendent of Operations & Maintenance


  • What can I do with a facilities management degree?

    A facilities management degree program equips you with the key skills you need to plan, execute, manage, and optimize the day-to-day operations concerning security, maintenance, and services aspects of any company’s work facilities.

  • What degree do you need to be a facility manager?

    To become a qualified facilities management professional, you should enroll in a specialized program in the subject. An associate or bachelor’s degree in facilities management should help you become a competent facility manager and lay the groundwork for higher education.

  • What is meant by facility management?

    Facility management refers to the strategic planning, execution, maintenance, and management of an organization’s facilities. It encompasses several disciplines to ensure the work environment optimally promotes people’s synergistic functioning, processes, systems, and technologies.

  • What does facility management include?

    Facilities management professionals or facility managers are responsible for the proactive and reactive planning and optimization of business areas that impact daily operational efficiency. Facility management may include the following: 

    • Property or construction management
    • Strategic space utilization
    • Operations management
    • Systems management 
    • Coordinating desking arrangements
    • Managing employee directories
    • Emergency action planning
    • Checking in guests and visitors
    • Maintaining vendor contracts
    • Repair, maintenance, and building improvement
    • Workplace cleaning and décor
    • Ensuring health and safety standards
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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science in Facilities Management program is designed to prepare an educated entry-level facilities manager with the ability to apply theory and best practices in the operation and maintenance of the built environment. 

Program Goals 

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management: 

  1. Will have gained the knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and hands-on skills to succeed in a career in the maintenance and operation of buildings and facilities. 
  2. Will be able to work within multiple disciplined teams to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. 
  3. Will be able to apply knowledge and a propensity for learning to continuously develop new skills and to learn about new areas needed for long-term career development, including science, engineering technology, communication and leadership skills. 
  4. Will achieve employment within the broad field of facilities management or related disciplines. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, graduates of the Associate in Science in Facilities Management program will be able to: 

  1. Understand the facilities management practice and profession 
  2. Perform common facility management repairs 
  3. Assist in the management, operation and repair of building systems, facility operations, occupant services and maintenance operations 
  4. Apply human factor principles to the facility operation and stakeholders 
  5. Effectively communicate 

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your associate degree, you will take a total of approximately eight liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your technical schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work. It is expected that you will spend additional extracurricular time in “open labs” to meet expected creative outcomes.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. I have not earned my high school diploma or GED: can I enroll in an Associate Degree Program?
    A candidate for admission to an associate degree program must have a high school diploma, have earned a recognized equivalency diploma (GED), or meet the federal home school requirements.
  6. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  7. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  8. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  9. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  10. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  11. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  12. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entrees and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  13. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing of a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates’ employment or a specific starting salary.
  14. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally (even internationally) for employment opportunities.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Facilities Management Department, establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to visualize and portray ideas graphically.
  • Good reasoning and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks following verbal instructions.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • An ability to work in a standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, or lying position for extended periods of time while maintaining high levels of concentration.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Sufficient upper body strength to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to grasp and maintain tension for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within reasonable time frames in accordance with procedures.

Manual Ability

  • Ability to manipulate side cutters, diagonal cutters, needle-nose pliers, and other tools.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of tools, wire and other equipment.
  • Good manual dexterity.

Sensory Ability

  • Adequate vision for distinguishing colors, interpretation of gauges, oscilloscopes, and diagnostic equipment (adaptive equipment acceptable).
  • Adequate vision for reading blueprints and other printed instruction, working with tools and equipment, and for maneuvering on job sites, scaffolding, and areas in various stages of completion (adaptive equipment acceptable).
  • Visual ability, if necessary, with correction, to see tools, instruments and wires
  • Acute enough to read small print.
  • Acute enough to read small numbers on instrument