Southeast School of Polytechnic Studies Offers New Option for Industrial Technology Students

Photo of the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building

The School of Polytechnic Studies is housed in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 27, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a proposal to add a facilities management option to the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology’s (IET) existing bachelor of science in industrial technology degree.  

The industrial technology degree currently offers five options, including construction management and design; industrial management; technical graphics; telecommunications and computer networking; and technology. The new facilities management option will be available beginning with the fall 2007 semester.

The popularity of the existing construction management and design option and a recent increase in these graduates finding careers in facilities management, along with the State of Missouri’s interest in enhancing postsecondary technical education, led to the development of the program, according to Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies.

“We expect the facilities management option to be as popular as our other IET programs,” Shaw said.

The program’s construction management and design option, which was initiated in fall 2003 with 36 majors, has already grown to 102 majors.

“More and more of our graduates are finding positions not only involved in the design and construction of facilities, but also in the management of new and existing facilities,” Shaw said. “Nationally, several facilities management programs are closely tied to construction management programs. Our new facilities management option will utilize key components from the construction management and design option,” he added.

The Facilities Management program will integrate architecture, engineering, behavioral sciences and technical management, thus preparing students to supervise and coordinate numerous aspects of physical workplaces, including integrating people and the work of the organization to provide a safe, healthy and efficient work environment, Shaw said.

According to International Facility Management Association (IFMA) data, institutions with facilities management programs typically report placement rates of nearly 100 percent, with annual salaries ranging from $70,000 to $200,000.

Southeast’s bachelor of science in industrial technology degree and its five existing options are accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). The new facilities management option will be submitted for accreditation at NAIT’s re-accreditation visit in 2010.