SSOE Group Announces Employee Licensures and Certifications for Second Quarter of Planning Year 2021

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 7, 2021 – SSOE Group (, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that 12 of its employees earned professional certifications during the second quarter of SSOE’s 2021 planning year. Attainment of professional licensures and certifications is strongly encouraged at SSOE. The company covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as provides paid time off to take the exam. As an added incentive, once an employee has passed an exam, they are awarded a recognition bonus.­­­­


Registered Architect

To become a registered architect (RA), an individual must have a professional degree from an NAAB-accredited program and complete the Intern Development Program (IDP). The IDP is approximately 3 years of on-the-job experience consisting of training units in 16 different categories, such as programming, site and environmental analysis, construction documents, specifications and materials research, and project management. Licensure is awarded upon successful completion of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), which evaluates an individual’s knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

Grant Helmkamp, RA, Architect, recently became a registered architect. A Lawrence Technological University graduate with a Master of Architecture, Grant works in SSOE’s Toledo, Ohio office. He specializes in the design aspects of automotive, industrial, and manufacturing facilities supporting the firm’s Automotive and Manufacturing Facilities (AMF) operations with his 12 years of experience.

Professional Engineer

To become a professional engineer (PE), an individual must meet statutory requirements, including completion of a 4-year college degree and a minimum of 4 years of acceptable work experience. Licensure is awarded upon successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam, which measures an individual’s academic and practical knowledge of technical engineering.

Sarah Heerten, PE, Civil Engineer, recently earned her professional engineering license. A University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Sarah works in SSOE’s Nashville, Tennessee office. She specializes in environmental regulation and practice supporting the firm’s AMF operations with her 4 years of experience.

Aditya Kaushik, PE, Structural Engineer, recently earned his professional engineering license. A Georgia Institute of Technology graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering, Aditya works in SSOE’s Atlanta, Georgia office. He specializes in structural design, drafting, coordination, shop drawing reviews, and site visits supporting the firm’s Building Design Group (BDG) operations with his over 5 years of experience.

Parth Parikh, PE, Structural Engineer, recently earned his professional engineering license. A Lawrence Technological University graduate with a Master of Civil Engineering, Parth works in SSOE’s Troy, Michigan office. He specializes in performing and reviewing analysis, structural design, and assisting with structural design deliverables supporting the firm’s AMF operations with his 5 years of experience.

Jordan Walrath, PE, Mechanical Engineer, recently earned his professional engineering license. A University of Washington graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Jordan works in SSOE’s Portland, Oregon office. He specializes in tool install design supporting the firm’s Advanced Technology (AT) operations with his 5 years of experience.


Engineering Intern

To earn an Engineering Intern (EI) enrollment, an individual must successfully complete the 6-hour Fundamentals of Engineering exam. The exam signals the individual has mastered the fundamental requirements and is the first step toward earning a Professional Engineer (PE) licensure.

Spencer Hines, EI, Designer in Portland, Oregon, recently received his EI certification.

Project Management Professional (PMP) 

PMP® certification, awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), indicates that an individual possesses the knowledge and skill necessary to lead and direct project teams, and delivers project results within the constraints of schedule, budget, and resources.

Chasen Clement, PMP, Project Manager in Midland, Michigan, recently earned his PMP certification.

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Certified Design Professional (Level II)

Anyone involved in land development, design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, inspection, or any land-disturbing activity in Georgia must meet education requirements and be certified by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) program developed in consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Stakeholder Advisory Board. GSWCC Level II Introduction to Design is a two-day course for both plan reviewers and design professionals. Topics included in this course include design and review of erosion, sedimentation, and pollution control plans.

Zac Smith, Department Manager in Birmingham, Alabama, recently became a certified design professional in the GSWCC program.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Certification

To receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Industry certification, an individual must complete the 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program, which is intended to provide an entry-level construction worker with general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. SSOE requires the OSHA 10-hour certification for all technical employees.

Timothy Gilbert, PE, SE, Structural Engineer in Alliance, Ohio, and Micheal Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, Alabama, recently earned their OSHA 10-hour construction industry certification.

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification

To maintain a healthy and safe work environment, OSHA recommends employees in various industries participate in workplace safety training. The OSHA Education Center created this online course to address specific regulations as they apply to the general industry.

Matthew Dandino and Greg Hord, Electrical Designers in Toledo, Ohio, recently earned their OSHA 10-hour general industry certification.


About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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