You’ve been plying your trade as a maintenance electrician for nearly ten years. You feel tired of doing the same tasks every day.
In terms of facilities management you feel as if you have done all you can as an electrician or mechanical maintenance engineer.
But how do you progress to the next level as a maintenance supervisor?
Read our tips below to find out how.
Broaden your qualifications
To take on a supervisory role, you will generally need the Level 3 City and Guilds qualification, whether you are in the electrical, mechanical or refrigeration & air-conditioning trade.
Now that the 18th edition is out, it may make sense to get that before looking to apply for maintenance supervisor roles, so that your qualifications are as up to date as possible.
We also find that clients are increasingly looking for someone who has well rounded skills and experience, particularly if you are going to be leading the team.
It will therefore increase your chances of career progression if you gain an extra core qualification. Clients look favourably on candidates with additional training, when recruiting for supervisory level facilities management jobs.
This could include staying up to date on training in Legionella and Asbestos awareness or getting experience of being the HV person on your current site.
Tailor your CV for maintenance supervisor roles
You may have kept your CV up to date, particularly if you have recently started a new position.
But is it targeted at getting a facilities management job at a more senior level?
Try to ensure your CV has all relevant experience of when you have acted as a lead or supervisory figure in the past.
If you started life at your previous company as a maintenance engineer, but progressed to lead engineer by the time you left, make it clear on your CV.
Also include how many people you were responsible for and what managerial tasks you undertook.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to fill in for your manager, make it clear you’d be willing to tale on the responsibility next time they are on annual leave.
A couple of week’s experience in a supervisory role could make all the difference in climbing the career ladder.
Know what type of maintenance supervisor role you want
Supervisor positions in facilities management differ hugely – from company to company and from site to site.
It’s always best to know what you want out of a role but it’s particularly important when you are looking to make a step up in your career.
Do you want to stay on the tools? Do you want to be on a single site? Do you want to look after a small or big team? Are you prepared to work different hours?
These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself when looking to apply to these new roles.