Most people will agree that it is much easier (and cheaper) to prevent a potential problem rather than solve an existing one. For building maintenance, unfortunately, things are not that simple.
Most facility managers recognize that preventive measures help mitigate safety risks and reduce repair costs. However, many buildings still do not have a proactive maintenance system in place. In a recent study by Plant Engineering Magazine, over 50% of engineers and facility managers named the lack of resources or staff as one of the key challenges for improving building maintenance.
Preventive maintenance includes a wide range of tasks from planned shutdowns to changing light bulbs. Unfortunately, the time of on-site technicians is often limited, which causes many low skill tasks to fall behind. At the same time, the industry is running short on semi-skilled workers who can assist high-skilled technicians to tackle large volumes of common tasks included in preventive maintenance. Recent studies show that almost 60% of HVACR teachers report that their programs are under-enrolled. The same research indicates in the next 10 years HVACR schools will lose over 50% of their instructors due to retirement.
Servicon is aware of the challenges surrounding proactive maintenance and is ready to present a solution that would save clients significant costs in unwarranted expenses. The Servicon Utility Worker Program is a service that provides specially trained janitorial staffers that would receive direction from high-skilled technicians and focus on mandatary preventive maintenance functions.
These functions may include, but not limited to, the following:
- Clearing clogged drains
- Changing inoperable lamps and bulbs
- Replacing filters
- Inspecting fire extinguishers
- Repairing doors and thresholds
The Servicon Utility Worker Program is a cost-effective option to free high-skilled technicians to concentrate on more complex assignments. It is designed to develop semi-skilled professionals who will ensure that routine, time-consuming tasks are addressed without interference from other pressing matters. These workers are trained to identify potential issues and risks before they become serious. With this program, resources will match the need at hand and result in a more efficient building management effort.