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Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2016

08 November 2016

Designated as Tomorrow's Engineers Week, it coincides with a number of initiatives being held up to Friday, 11 November.

It has also coincided on an in-depth article by the BBC on the barriers facing women in engineering.

A further initiative has also been completed by ABM technical services director Jason Pease in the form of a three-part job description for aspiring engineers.

In addition to technical skills, which remain top of the "wish list", he says that engineers must also be good at managing systems and experts in customer service delivery.

"Clearly,the role has changed a lot over the past 30 years," says Mr Pease.

"Developing these non-technical skills is not only essential for engineers but it actually makes for more interesting and varied careers in the long run.

"It puts people in a great position to take on management and then leadership roles.

"If an engineer becomes a site-manager or contract-manager they will often find themselves looking after a range of services.

"These skills we are developing with our engineers are essential and set us apart from the competition.

"Whether it’s heating and ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning, cleaning,security, landscaping or car park management, the commitment to real-time information and customer services will put them in a great position to excel."

Mr Pease sets out the responsibility of firms to help engineers develop this new skill set:

"FM businesses need to upgrade their development programmes to reflect the changing nature of the role.

"For example, at ABM we use our experiential marketing company Blackjack Promotions to deliver sessions on customer services.

"We’re bringing world-class expertise from one area of our business to another.

"For aspiring engineers this is critical because although technical skills will always be essential, they are no longer enough.

"Today,the way they go about their work is almost as important as the work itself," says Mr Pease.

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