Jafet Ortega

Jafet Ortega

Guaynabo, PR, US



Accomplished, award-winning professional with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in large-, medium- and small-scale project and engineering management roles. Strong background of managing projects from bid analysis to completion coupled with unexcelled record of brining in mission-critical projects in on schedule and within budget.  Especially skilled at strategic planning, financial controls, design, technology transfer, and problem resolution.  Outstanding communication talents with proven ability to build and lead highly efficient teams, to train technical personnel, and to convey complex concepts in understandable terms. Extensive experience includes residential, commercial, industrial and rail systems.



Engineering Services International, San Juan, PR, US, Construction Division Manager

Manage, plan, direct and administer policies and goals for the Construction Division of Puerto Rico’s office regarding profitability, performance, work competency and growth. Represent company in new business opportunities through contacts with parties who are a critical part of new project possibilities. Secure follow-up work with existing clients based on performance. Provide division with sufficient estimating capabilities and proper direction. Oversee the preparation of all bids, estimates and budgets. Develop revenue and profit projections. Review, recommend and monitor annual and long term budgets to ensure adherence to expense control and achievement of revenue projections. Manage and direct day-to-day activities of division staff in line with established policies, practices and procedures. Assist directly in establishing long and short term planning of objectives for Puerto Rico’s office. Effectively manage overall planning and implementation of division projects. Provide division with appropriate staff, resources, and direction required to fulfill business development, financial, estimating, and operational goals. Oversee performance of design and construction phase of contract commitments to ensure profitability and timely execution of work. Maintain close contact with owner and architect during all phases of negotiated contracts. Plan, organize, direct and control all engineering operations, personnel, budgets and policies for the office.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2013

Jabes Construction Group, San Juan, PR, US, Project Manager

Direct day-to-day operations of general construction firm including business development, bid request analyses, bid and formal proposal, contract negotiations, work/action plans, project scheduling and oversight, permitting and reporting, punch lists, certifications, cost validations, as-built plans, payments to vendors and subcontractors, and payroll. Manage client expectations and ensure commitments are met. Analyze revenue forecasts vs. actual, specific margins and overall project viability, bill rates and utilization. Major projects:
• Puerto Rico Telephone Company – New construction/maintenance of electrical substations; removal, management and installation of battery banks, chillers and air handling units; installation of voltage inverters, suppressors, ground systems, rectifiers and batteries, UPS protected electrical panels and circuits, transfer switch, fuse panels, AC/DC electrical routes, relocation of electrical transformer posts, anchoring of BTS; and installation/maintenance of diesel fuel tanks.
• Sprint PCS – Implemented cable routing and finishing for DC Main Power, T-1 BBU/alarm UDA Grounds for BBU & BTS; installed batteries, arrestor bars, and anchored BBU/BTS rectifiers, 1½ & 2 inch conduit route installation for 60 & 100 amp circuits.
• Me Salve, Inc. - Designed and directed installation of pendant sprinkler system, installation of step down dry triphasic electrical transformer, acoustic ceiling, slate board with 3 inch groove, electrical panels, electrical circuits, and 5 to 30 ton A/C units.
• Black Point Management - Repair and installation of asphalt and roads, underground potable water lines, and sidewalks for Jardines Shopping Center and Bayamon Oeste Shopping Center.
• Awarded full development/construction management bid on three single-family residential projects. Managed construction, coordinated details and layouts with architects and clients. Delivered ROI of 167%.

Feb 2005 - Dec 2010

Siemens Transit Team, Guaynabo, PR, US, Project Engineer

Hired to expedite stalled multi-billion dollar Urban Train project in the greater San Juan metropolitan area. Conducted work-in-progress, job completion analysis and verification, cost estimates for completion, bid preparation and distribution, contract editing and renegotiation. Drafted work plans and change-order documents for two train stations and principal office buildings. Acted as communications link traveling between field and sector offices; tracked and reported project progress; estimated material, equipment and labor requirements; drafted dimensional drawings, technical specifications and section layouts. Secured required certificates from PRASA (water/sewer), PREPA (power), Puerto Rico Fire Department, and NFPA (fire, building and safety) for the three facilities.
 Solved important technical issue left unaddressed by previous contractor developing underground fire hydrant/pump system to protect drivers cabs, low and high voltage switchgear cabinets, and control boxes.
 Successfully completed project within time line, identifying and addressing problems before they became emergencies.

Feb 2003 - Jan 2005

Volt Management, Guaynabo, PR, US, Project Engineer

Served as field, construction, and resident engineer recruited to develop work plans and re-create specification requirements for segment of the Urban Train project, which had been halted for over a year. Established timeline and project schedule, prepared and negotiated contract revisions, recruited and coordinated activities of Siemens trackwork quality control team, and collaborated in the development and implementation of a recovery plan. Performed daily field inspections and served as technical lead advising on design,
construction and change order processes. Calculated estimates on phase completions; approved subcontractor disbursements; document track installations; reviewed and recommended approvals on as-built plans; and moderated sub-contractor and designer meetings. Monitored project progress and addressed issues with sub-contractors related to design, specifications, and safety compliance standards.
 Delivered completed project within projected 18-month period; and awarded performance recognition by senior management.

Feb 2001 - Jan 2003


Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Civil Engineering

5 year program of Bachelor Degree of Science in Civil Enginering.

Aug 1995 - Jun 2002


National Honor Society and Dean's List, 1995-2001, 1st Place

National Honor Society and Dean's List, 1995-2001


Honor Society Member, 1997-2001, 1st Place

 Civil Engineering Department, Honor Society Member, 1997-2001


Freshman Leadership Award, 1996, 1st Place

Freshman Leadership Award, 1996


Areas of Specialization