18 September 2017
SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER CHARLES M CLAY, P.E. EMBA MCHA BSME C.Build E FCABE CHFM, USA CABE CHAPTER SECRETARY
Q: Please give details of your education and qualifications:
A: Grand Canyon University
Doctoral of Business Administration (DBA), Facilities Planning and Property Management Administration, 2016-2020
University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business
MBA, Healthcare, 2005-2007
Activities and Societies: Healthcare Executive Leadership
University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business
Master Certificate of Healthcare Administration, Healthcare, 2005-2007
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Engineering, Co-Gen Studies, Combined Heat and Power CHP, 2005-2005
University of Missouri-Columbia
BSME, Mechanical Engineering, 1990-1993
Moberly Area Community College
AS, General Education, 1988-1990
Fellow Chartered Building Engineer, Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Forensic Engineer, Certified Healthcare Administrator, Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager, Certified Plant Engineer, and Certified Medical Gas Professional.
Q: Current job role & Company:
A: Director of Engineering Services
I lead a team of Subject Matter Experts (SME) Engineers and support staff for a successful A&E firm in sunny California, called ATI.
ATI Architects and Engineers provides multidiscipline, diverse architectural and engineering services, including architects with in-house support on structural, mechanical/plumbing, electrical, and civil engineering disciplines, when needed.
We have provided high-value services to our clients for over 23 years. Our history of innovation continues with our LEED AP’s driving ATI’s growing Energy Consulting and sustainability design practice. Markets served include industrial, commercial, college and university, K-12 schools, health care, government, hospitality, retail, biopharmaceutical, telecommunications, high tech, power, and research and development facilities.
As a full-service A/E consulting firm, ATI routinely provides a wide range of services ranging from feasibility studies, to programming, full design engineering, consulting support and, for some projects, ATI uses its GC license to perform construction services. With in-house expertise in all major building systems, ATI manages all facets of design and construction management with expertise.
The synergy of a multidiscipline firm naturally results in effectiveness and efficiency. Clients have enjoyed a long relationship with ATI due to its unique qualities, capabilities and record of project success.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I’m based in Vallejo, California USA, just south of the vineyards in the NAPA Valley Region.
Q: Please describe your current role:
A: My current role at work is the Director of Engineering Services, where I lead a team of subject matter experts (SME) engineers for an A&E firm called ATI. I am also a USA Chapter Secretary for the CABE West Coast Region.
Q: Please provide a brief outline of your career so far:
A: I have over 20 years of leadership experience in various areas of engineering, project management, plant design, research, business development, programme design, and facilities management. I have managed a wide-variety of engineering and facilities-related opportunities that include a solid background in the facilities electrical and mechanical systems, data centres, research labs, central utility plants, life safety compliance, and computerised maintenance management systems. I have managed a full scope of P&L services on progressive levels of account leadership and, at the same time, continued to develop professional knowledge, and that of my direct reports.
Q: Have you worked on any unusual or high-profile projects?
A: The most rewarding project has been providing engineering solutions for the United States Air Force Medical Support Agency. The remote locations have provided a renewed appreciation of the sacrifice our service men and women give in service of our country.
Q: What first attracted you to joining the CABE?
A: The professional network of Building Engineers around the world that CABE brings together provides a diverse perspective of challenges each building designer faces. This perspective stimulates the creativity of new solutions. Through this collaboration of knowledge-sharing, the CABE provides a platform for each member to contribute to design betterments for the building environment that benefit all mankind.
Q: How did you become registered?
A: A good friend of mine, Mr Ben Venktash, a CABE Ambassador, invited me to join. Ben is a British-trained engineer with unique skills in infection control for healthcare. We had an opportunity to work together to serve the United States Air Force in their Medical Support Services Engineering Division.
Q: What is your employer’s attitude towards professional registration?
A: My employer ATI, an A&E firm, could not be more supportive. They appreciate the knowledge gained by the international collaboration among peers in facility design and operation. ATI is a design firm that is dedicated to innovative design to bring the best solutions to the world’s challenges. CABE brings us a non-biased perspective to solutions in facility design and challenges.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering professional registration with the CABE?
A: My advice to anyone considering becoming a member is don’t wait; the time to join the ranks of professionals is now, recognised worldwide as the leaders in our industry. The credentials not only provide validity to your work, but are an incentive to keep learning and to stay at the top of our profession. We are among the best in our industry, and deserve to be recognised for the efforts and dedication we have contributed to our profession.