Mastering the Art of Facilities Maintenance

managing time and resources effectively

The Importance of “Jobbing”

If you work in a facility full-time as a maintenance technician, you know what it is like to walk up three flights of stairs, or across a campus, and realize that the pipe wrench, screwdriver, cordless drill, etc. is laying back on the desk in the maintenance office where you left it.

HVAC, Mechanical, and Plumbing contractors can multiply the impact of a forgotten item tenfold when the office is across town from the shop during rush hour.

Regardless of how far the office is from the work being done, some serious time, effort and cost can be saved by taking a few minuted to go through a checklist and make sure you have everything you need to do a job.

First ask: What is the task? Whether you’re hanging a new picture in the office lobby, or installing a new water heater- there is still a list of items you will need to do the work.  Taking time to think about what you are going to be doing and what you will need to bring with you to do the job can can be the difference between finishing the job and feeling good about the accomplishment and not getting the job done and feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything.

Next ask: What are the tools I am going to need? Run through the inventory. Hammer, Drill, screwdriver, specialty tool, or tools that need to be signed out from the office, or rented. If you’ve ever assembled a piece of furniture, or a bookshelf- you’ll remember that the first thing in the instructions are the tools you’ll need.

Finally, when you arrive at the work site, go through your material and tool inventory one more time, and take the time to lay them out within reach of the work. Bring along a small mat, towel, or dropcloth so you aren’t laying your tools and material on the customer’s hardwood/ ceramic/ tile floor.

It is inevitable that you will run into situations where you need a different screw size, or pipe fitting, or piece of material than what you planned- but having a plan and an inventory for the project will still keep the material or tool trips to a minimum. Following these thought processes, and taking a few moments to think about the task, the tools, and the materials necessary to do a job beforehand will save you time and effort, and help you create a successful, polished, completed project every time.

August 4, 2010 - Posted by | facilities maintenance, organization, tools

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