James Callahan

Quality Systems Specialist


  • Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ) – #45392
  • Certified Welding Inspector (AWS) – #05080031
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineer #78461
  • Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineer #6201066090
  • North Carolina Board of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineer #045538
  • Pennsylvania Board of Professional Engineers Professional Engineer #086697
  • STAAD Certified Engineer (Structural Analysis & Design Software)
  • ACI Level I Testing Technician
  • PCI Level I and II


  • BSCE – University of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • American Welding Society
  • American Society of Civil Engineers

James Callahan joined Atema as a Quality Systems Specialist with 20 years of experience in structural steel and manufacturing industries.

James’ previous experience includes six years of machinery room operation, supervision, and mechanical gage calibration in the US Nuclear Navy. He was employed for 13 years by Commercial Metals Company during which he achieved expertise as a welder, engineering designer, and quality control inspector. He also developed and implemented a welding inspection training program for employees (most of which had not completed their high school education) based on the AWS CWI program. This helped him and others successfully pass the AWS exam on the first try. James was later selected by the company to serve as Business Process Expert for the entire Fabrication division of during a two-year implementation of SAP Business Infrastructure. He was responsible for learning the specific business requirements and communicating, configuring, and testing software solutions to meet those business requirements of over 50 Rebar Fabrication shops.

James entered the Bridge Fabrication industry in 2010 as the Quality Control Manager for a major steel bridge fabricator; PDM (now Veritas). His experience, aptitude, and management style helped bring about a major culture change in the shop inspectors, and an immediate positive impact on the quality of shipments. Exposure to highly effective auditors and the auditing process in general, during his time as Quality Control Manager, was a major influence bringing him to Atema.

Jim manages multiple large projects for Atema, both national and international, for large facility owners and contractors serving agencies in transportation and infrastructure.

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You may have been certified in the past and want help getting re-certified to the current requirements.

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Maybe your last audit didn't go smoothly. Maybe your “quality guy” moved on, or you have new team members on board who have never been through the process. You may simply want more transformative results from the process this time around – making it mean more and improving the business.

Whatever the reason, Atema can help your regular AISC audits occur on time, on budget and with minimum disruption -- all while delivering knowledge that can meaningfully transform your operations.

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Adding additional certification categories or endorsements not only opens the door to more work, but it's also a good time to make sure your quality processes are really performing to the current requirements.

Atema can help. We can show you how to make scope changes efficient and how to get the most out of them, embedding processes and a culture of quality that pays dividends on every job.”

Full-spectrum administrative and technical support

Atema offers:
  • Implementation assistance: Many companies find they need additional support to install new quality processes – and we’re here to help. We offer both technical and administrative support to guide your implementation process. 
  • Administrative support: If you've lost a valued assistant or your staff is not ready to take on a support role, we can help. Atema provides as-needed administrative support so you don’t miss important events or regular documentation requirements.
  • Project assistance: Our engineers and specialists can guide you through the process when you have new customers of projects.
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