SSOE Group Announces Employee Licensures and Certifications for Second Quarter of Planning Year 2022

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 7, 2022 – SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, announced today that 16 of its employees earned professional certifications during the second quarter of SSOE’s 2022 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.


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.

Ryan Knutson, PE, Mechanical Engineer, recently earned his professional engineering license. A Portland University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Ryan works in SSOE’s Hillsboro, Oregon office and supports the firm’s Advanced Technology (AT) operations with his 5 years of experience.

Robert C. Wilkes, PE, Mechanical Engineer, recently earned his professional engineering license. Ryan works in SSOE’s Columbia, South Carolina office and supports the firm’s Building Design Group (BDG) with his 4 years of experience.


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.

Robert Remski, PMP, Senior Project Manager in Chandler, Arizona recently earned his Project Management Professional certification.

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.

The following individuals all recently earned their OSHA 10-hour construction industry certification:

  • Ken Gruenhagen, Senior Project Manager, Toledo, Ohio
  • King Yi Lau, Structural Engineer, Troy, Michigan
  • Ayche McClung, Senior Electrical Engineer, Austin, Texas
  • Yoong Park, Structural Engineer, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Matthew Schwager, Structural Engineering, Troy, Michigan
  • Luis Beltran Robledo, Mechanical Engineering, León, Mexico
  • Luis Fernando Fernandez Munoz, Electrical Engineering, León, Mexico
  • Jose Ivan Martinez Cardona, Mechanical Designer, León, Mexico
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry

This OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety training program designed for those working within the general industry. The course design structure and content provide vital information for those working the following jobs: safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors. This program offers a complete instruction of OSHA compliance issue training and is an orientation to occupational safety and health for employees.

Jose Ivan Martinez Cardona, Construction Manager in León, Mexico, recently earned his OSHA 30-hour general industry certification.

OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Certification

To receive OSHA 30-hour Construction Outreach certification, an individual must complete the 30-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Course. This course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry, but more specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors and provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues. SSOE requires the OSHA 30-hour certification for all field and startup employees.

Aaron McDaniel, Tool Install Design Lead in Hillsboro, Oregon, recently earned his OSHA 30-hour construction industry certification.

Organization Development Certified Professional

The Organization Development Certification Program is designed to help participants gain practical skills to advance in the field of Organization Development (OD). Through the Organization Development Certification Program, participants learn how to apply the concepts of OD by using the Action Research Model, OD’s model for change, and OD Consulting skills, to help clients identify needs and solve critical business challenges using a whole systems approach.

Mary Cobb, ODCP, Business Leader, HR in Toledo, Ohio, recently earned her Organization Development Professional certification.

LEED AP+ Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

This LEED rating system and AP credential are for professionals involved in the design and new construction (or major remodeling) of green buildings. In summary, LEED BD+C looks to achieve short and long-term cost-effectiveness, a holistic, integrated design process in place of traditional fragmentation, as well as measurable, optimal levels of building, human, and environmental performance. The LEED BD+C building certification and professional credentials are overseen by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which is the credentialing subsidiary of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Cody Pfister, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia, recently earned his LEED AP + Building Design and Construction certification.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (PE). It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC / ABET-accredited program.

Paul Schaffer, Electrical Engineering in Hillsboro, Oregon, recently earned his Fundamentals of Engineering 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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