Facilities Engineering student

Facilities Engineering

Undergraduate Degree


The Facilities Engineering (FENG) program prepares cadets for careers in facilities engineering, management, and operations. Large facilities, manufacturing plants, office buildings, hospitals, and power plants require safe, economical, compliant, and sustainable operation.

Cadets acquire critical problem-solving skills, as well as an ability to gather, analyze, and interpret data. They learn how to use modern engineering tools and techniques to safely operate and maintain building management systems. This knowledge is reinforced through three required co-ops.

Cadets must pass the Facilities Engineering Qualification Exam (FEQE). If certain electives are taken, cadets are also eligible to take the Massachusetts Stationary Engineer license and the Massachusetts Municipal Wastewater Operator license examinations. Cadets in the FENG major participate in a first-year sea term for immediate exposure to a working power plant system.

The FENG cooperative (co-op) program provides students with excellent opportunities to learn first-hand about various industries, establish professional contacts, and develop future employment opportunities.  The program requires students to complete at least three experiential co-ops as part of their FENG degree requirements.

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The Facilities Engineering (FENG) program prepares graduates for careers in facilities engineering, management, and operations. Facilities engineers are responsible for the safe, economical, compliant and sustainable operation of various equipment and systems in large facilities such as manufacturing plants, office buildings, hospitals, and power plants. 

MMA Facilities Engineers can be found in every business sector, in every level of   management throughout industry all across the globe. 

Possible positions for a Facilities Engineering major include:

  • Director of Facilities
  • Vice President of Operations
  • President of their own start-up company
  • Senior Executive Management 
  • Engineering Systems Specialist

This 3-credit experiential learning course gives Energy Systems Engineering and Facilities Engineering students a first-hand look at how Costa Rica has used their natural resources to develop a sustainable community at both the local and national level.  By visiting EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropical Humeda) in the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica, students will learn how this tropical community is balancing the preservation of their natural resources with agricultural and energy needs of their societies. 

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There is a time honored adage that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” well Facilities Engineers expand upon that saying by offering “you can’t tell someone how to fix something if you haven’t done so yourself”.  MMA’s labs and engineering resources teaches you how to do that.  

The overarching goal of the FENG program is to produce a competent and conscientious facilities engineer who will be prepared to take on a responsible role as a contributing member of our highly technical society.

At the end of the FENG Program, graduates should be able to:

  1.  Apply general education knowledge to appreciate the impact of engineering solutions on society as a whole.
  2.  Apply mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge to solve engineering problems.
  3.  Gather, analyze and interpret engineering data.
  4.  Communicate effectively in English using written, oral and graphic formats.
  5.  Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  6.  Use engineering tools and techniques to safely operate, maintain and repair equipment, machinery and engineering systems typically found in an industrial facility.
  7.  Understand and comply with applicable environmental regulations, building codes, sustainability goals and similar requirements at an industrial facility in accordance with local, state or federal legislative requirements.

As a condition for graduation, all students in the FENG major are required to take and pass the Facilities Engineering Qualification Exam (FEQE), which is administered during the student's senior year.  The FEQE is a three hour comprehensive exam that includes 90 multiple choice questions, which test the student's overall mathematics, applied science and engineering knowledge.  The FEQE also includes an essay question to evaluate the student's writing ability. 

The FENG program offers students the opportunity to sit for the Massachusetts Stationary Engineer license and/or the Massachusetts Municipal Waste Water Operators license examinations. Other professional certifications are also available. Initial licensure and/or certification better prepare the student for employment and future career advancement.

Within a year or two, many graduates will earn their: CEM, LEED, PE, and Stationary Engineering License.