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Employee Professional Development and Training Program

"It is extremely gratifying and it’s absolutely wonderful to see all of our staff receive the highest training in all areas of our consulting practice fields." - Jim Soltesz, President & CEO

Soltesz values its employees and encourages continued professional development throughout one’s career. The Professional Development and Training Program is one such opportunity for growth, offered exclusively for Soltesz employees. The program encompasses three general categories: In-House Professional Development, Speaker Series, and CAD Software Technical Training.

In-House Professional Development & Training

Soltesz’s In-House Professional Development & Training Program offers over 60 training courses totaling 90 course hours, and the program is certified by the Maryland Board for Professional Engineers for Continuing Professional Competency credits. The program addresses the variety of employee skill sets and interests throughout the company, enabling Soltesz employees to further develop their personal and professional skills, enhancing their careers and advancing Soltesz’s quality of service to our clients.

This new and expanded in-house training program was launched in 2015 for the benefit of all employees. The initiative provides diversified professional and technical training to implement and further develop best company and management practices. Within the first 18 months, the program logged over 1,000 employee participants. Highlighted courses include:

  • ADA Compliance Design
  • As-Built Survey Drawings
  • Contracts and Budgets
  • Deltek Software Training
  • General Project Management Practices
  • Grading Design
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Landscape Plan Preparation
  • Plan Example Guidelines
  • Plan Preparation Manual
  • Proactive Client Communication
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Procedures
  • Review and Permit Tracking Systems
  • Stakeout Procedures
  • Standard Formatting of Company Documents
  • Stormwater Management Design
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Traffic Control Design
  • Zoning Ordinance

Professional Development Speaker Series Program

The Speaker Series provides the opportunity for employees to participate in seminars led by outside expert speakers that focus on unique professional development topics. These seminars are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their fields. Topics include communication, negotiation, and public speaking skills. Recent course examples include:

  • Accountability
  • Communicate Like a Pro
  • Effective Meetings
  • Speaking with Confidence
  • Time Management

CAD Software Technical Training

The CAD Software Technical Training ensures company staff is knowledgeable and able to utilize the latest CAD software and techniques, including CAD configuration and maintaining standards. The program ensures employees are trained on new and emerging software programs. Highlighted courses include:

  • Advanced InRoads Surfaces
  • InRoads Roadway Designer Super Elevations
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Project
  • Vicinity Map

Summary

Soltesz’s training program and its components have been developed to better the knowledge and well-being of Soltesz employees, establish a pleasant and effective work environment, and ultimately provide excellent, unmatched services to our clients. The program generates positive feedback from participants and is of utmost importance to the firm.