Nick Oelke, PE, RCDD/ESS, CTS-D, CFPS, PSP, CDT, LEED AP

EDUCATION:

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Valparaiso University

IT Essentials and CCNA Preparation Cisco Networking Academies I-IV – Chaska, MN

INDUSTRY:

Education, Government, Corporate & Community Facilities, Central Energy & Utilities

AFFILIATIONS:

LEED AP
Certified Technology Specialist in Design
Construction Documents Technologist
Certified Fire Protection Specialist
Registered Communications Distribution Designer
Electronic Safety and Security Specialty
Physical Security Professional
ASIS International member
BICSI Member
NCEES Records Member

Originally interested in computer engineering, Nick soon realized that instead of designing product components, he preferred engineering’s breadth, encompassing the entire project. He started working in IT in high school and was a DJ at the college radio station while studying power electrical engineering. He was employed by a couple different design firms before joining KFI. What impressed him most was the variety in design methodology to create innovative new engineered MEP systems instead of just repeating the same type of design like most other engineering companies.

A collaborative, licensed electrical engineer with over 14 years of experience, Nick specializes in low voltage systems including telecommunications, security, audio-visual, and various medical-specific low voltage systems. He holds numerous certifications for various areas of low voltage design, including fire alarm and security systems. His diverse background ranges from K-12 renovations to a chiller plant for a 9,000,000 square-foot hospital campus in Dubai. Nick has completed the designs for construction projects with total costs exceeding $6 billion.

Often referencing Construction Specification Institute’s mantra: “Say it once and in the right place,” he recognizes the importance of eliminating duplication and understanding how the drawings and specifications for the entire project fit together. He sees the project as a large, complex puzzle that comes together using the applicable building, fire, electrical, energy and other codes (often amended locally), the owner standards, KFI design practices, industry standard guidelines, budget, available technologies, and schedule in order to design a building or project that reflects the owner well.

He spends his free time with his growing family and drives a full-size school bus for his church every Sunday.

“Every electrical project design is a 10,000-point test and we strive to achieve all of the points.”
– Nick Oelke, PE, RCDD/ESS, CTS-D, CFPS, PSP, CDT, LEED AP