Professional Spotlight: Michael Meyer, Facility Maintenance Tech

Professional Spotlight - Facilities Maintenance

Learning about other people and how they do their jobs often provides insights that can help all of us get more done. With this in mind, we posed six questions to professionals, like you, in the Grainger community.

Michael Meyer works as a Facility Maintenance Tech at Grainger and has more than 12 years of experience in the industry. He is tasked with helping ensure his facility runs as efficiently as possible and takes care of anything that might cause a disruption to the business.

By the Numbers:

Facts about the facility Michael helps maintain:

  • Year of Completion: 1999
  • Facility Acreage: 315 Acres
  • Building Size: 820,000 sq. ft. including office space, an auditorium, atrium and café
  • Employees Onsite: 2,100
  • Environmental Information: Building is LEED Certified GOLD and Energy Star Rated

What sort of experience do you have in your line or work?

I have more than 12 years of experience in building controls, lighting retrofits, electrical systems, HVAC and general building maintenance and 5+ years in budgeting, scheduling and supervising contractors and vendors. One of my biggest projects was helping to implement a preventive maintenance database system as well as an inventory solutions system.

  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) – Level 1 Building Operator Certification (BOC)
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Technician & Electrical Specialist Certifications
  • Ammonia Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Siemens Apogee Master Operator and Programmer
  • RSES Universal Refrigeration Card Holder

What do you enjoy most about being a Facility Maintenance Tech?

Working with diverse groups of people within the organization, contractors and outside vendors.

Can you share a few of your business goals and how you measure success?

Our biggest goal is to keep our buildings running as efficient as possible without interruptions to the business—the fewer the interruptions the better we’re doing. In the future I’d like to advance in my career either within Facilities or in another functional area of the organization, perhaps in Collaboration Services or Cross Referencing Services.

What keeps you up at night?

My biggest concern is our ammonia chiller plant and ice storage facility—if it goes down then we cannot properly cool our facility.

What sort of advice helped you get you where you are today?

Keep trying to learn new things and move forward even when it seems like there’s nothing else to learn.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

I enjoy playing games and going on bike rides with my daughter. I also enjoy bass fishing when I can.