About ATEK Engineering

About The Firm

ATEK Engineering Consultants, LLC is a Native American owned Arizona-based engineering consulting firm specializing in geotechnical engineering, materials engineering, construction materials testing and special inspection services. ATEK Principals have a wealth of knowledge of the geotechnical conditions of the southwest which allows them to provided cost effective engineering solutions to complex projects.

ATEK Principals have forged very successful partnerships during the design and construction of important and high-profile projects and facilities throughout the southwest.  ATEK’s history and relationships with clients provides an unparalleled understanding of client’s processes and the preferred methods and styles of project management. ATEK’s practice is built on a track record of proven success and long-term relationships.

ATEK was formed to provide clients with unsurpassed project integration and attention to detail.  The dedication of ATEK engineers to deliver unparalleled value and responsiveness is always at the forefront of our project execution. ATEK’s ability to see the big picture, and develop a thorough understanding of the project needs, results in real project performance and savings.

ATEK principals are leaders in solving complex issues and managing projects from inception to completion for clients in federal, state, and local governments.


Geotechnical Engineering - 22 Years
Materials Engineering - 22 Years
Project Management - 22 Years
Contract Administration - 19 Years
Construction Assurance - 19 Years


Meet The Team

Armando Ortega, P.E.

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Mr. Ortega has 22 years experience in geotechnical and materials engineering including design, construction, and inspection on sports facilities, energy facilities, educational facilities, roadways/highways, bridges, retaining structures, and residential developments,. His responsibilities range from financial and technical management of regional and department units to performing and supervising field and laboratory materials testing, geotechnical engineering and special inspections.  His testing and inspection proficiency includes soil mechanics, mass grading and structural fill, post-tensioned and structural concrete, structural masonry, structural steel and high strength bolting, caissons and various foundation systems, and asphalt and concrete paving. Additionally, Mr. Ortega has performed the pavement and geotechnical design for numerous public agencies including various state-highway projects throughout Arizona, including several large urban freeways in Maricopa County.  His involvement in pavement design includes structural section design, construction material specifications, inspection and testing, and mix design review for both rigid and flexible pavements. 


Arizona State University, B.S, Civil Engineering, 1998


Professional (P.E.) – Civil, No. 39511


National Highway Institute, Subsurface Investigation, October 1998

National Highway Institute, Techniques for Pavement Rehabilitation, October 2000

National Highway Institute, LRFD for Highway Bridges Substructures and Earth Retaining Substructures, June 2007

Rafael Hernandez, P.E.

Principal Materials Engineer

Mr. Hernandez has over 19 years of experience in various capacities, including project management, contract administration, construction assurance and testing and special inspection on numerous projects that have included single and multi-story commercial structures, residential land development, roadways, single-family housing, public utilities, and retaining walls. His experience has ranged from performance of field and laboratory materials tests, reviewing of AC mix designs for local agencies and special inspection. Areas of inspection include mass grading and structural fill, pre-stress and reinforced concrete, spray-applied fire proofing, structural steel and welding, structural masonry, caissons and asphalt paving. Additionally Mr. Hernandez’s responsibilities consist of contract administration, managing projects, managing lab/field technicians and reviewing of field and laboratory reports.


University of Arizona, BS, Civil Engineering, 2004


Professional (P.E.) – Civil, No. 43815


Arizona Technical Testing Institute-Field Technician

Arizona Technical Testing Institute-Asphalt Technician

ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician-Grade 1

ICC – Structural Masonry, No. 5227212-84,

ICC – Reinforced Concrete, No. 5227212-49

ICC – Pre-stressed Concrete, No. 5227212-92

ICC – Structural Steel and Welding, No. 5227212-85

ICC – Spray-Applied Fireproofing, No.  5227212-86

American Welding Society, Certified Welding Inspector, 04110751