What does a Facilities Technician (255B) do?

Facilities Technicians handle the maintenance, inspection, and repair of the interior and exterior of buildings and complexes. They are responsible for various facility systems, including the ventilator, humidifier and air conditioning, water and water treatment, heating, and electrical systems. Facilities Technicians also inspect and verify emergency power and fire suppression systems.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about and applying various health, safety, building, and fire codes and regulations
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, work orders, and schematics; reading/understanding code books, manuals, manufacturer specifications, log books, inspection sheets, and warranties
  • Writing clear, concise reports and service documents; preparing work orders
  • Inspecting fire safety equipment; maintaining electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, water treatment, ventilation, domestic appliance, and laundry systems
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting roofing; setting up and operating arc and oxyacetylene welding equipment to plan out, organize, and complete welding operations
  • Inspecting exterior grounds; cleaning up and maintaining ground facilities
  • Effectively communicating with fellow workers, supervisors, contractors, clients, etc.

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma required; math, science, and English credits recommended
  • OYAP, co-op, or technical credits in Electrical or Welding would be definite asset
  • Completion of a 7,520-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Facilities Technician (255B)?

  • Full-time; evening, weekend, or emergency work possible
  • Indoor/outdoor; depending on where maintenance is needed
  • Employers include hospitals, hotels, parks and recreation departments, universities, shopping malls, and residential buildings

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $19.00 per hour.


Facilities Technician (255B)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you enjoy doing a variety of tasks daily?
Do you enjoy problem-solving and coming up with a solution?
Can you read and interpret blueprints, codes, regulations, and are you able to communicate effectively and clearly with co-workers and other tradespeople?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Are you conscious of the environment?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Facilities Technician (255B) may be for you!

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  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • Truck & Coach Mechanic

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