by Lisa Thompson

Keeping a commercial building running smoothly and efficiently requires a lot of different skill sets. And it’s not just about fixing things. Building maintenance operators monitor and control systems in the building—everything from electrical to heating and cooling to plumbing. Computer energy management systems and digital controls have replaced older, inefficient systems. It’s vital for operators to be able to troubleshoot and keep up with changing technology.

Meet Jerry Tomai, the facilities operations supervisor for McGough facilities management at Securian Financial Group, as he describes his job and the education, training, and skills needed.

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