‘Full steam ahead’ for CTA’s Jassen after earning HFDP certification

By: Travis Estvold
26 November 2014

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Cory Jassen, a mechanical engineer based in CTA’s office in Great Falls, MT, has reason to celebrate after recently passing his Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) examination. HFDP is an ASHRAE specialty certification for those, according to the certifying agency, who want to separate themselves from their peers and demonstrate a commitment to their profession. (Jassen is precisely such a professional.) He completed a two-hour closed-book exam which focused on special aspects of healthcare design; it mostly covered HVAC topics, he says, but there were also questions related to medical terminology and concepts such as disease transmission.

“It’s very satisfying to receive this certification. I studied a stack of healthcare industry-specific books in preparation for the exam and yes, a bit of cramming was involved,” Jassen admitted.

“I love HVAC design. It’s fun to figure out how to work with water and air to create comfortable indoor environments.  Healthcare projects usually have some added complexities that I enjoy. And with this certification now under my belt, that’s what I hope to do more of on behalf of CTA clients.”

Jassen considers himself a healthcare specialist, but is also specifically interested in steam design. “There are less and less steam systems around these days; however, hospitals are one area where steam is still needed and utilized,” he noted.

Possessing a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jassen started with CTA in 2006 at the firm’s Billings, MT, location, transferring to Great Falls two years later. He lives with his wife and four children on a cattle ranch owned by his in-laws in the small town of Belt, MT, about 25 miles southeast of Great Falls.

His projects have included work on the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, and remodels and mechanical upgrades for Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls and St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, MT.

[See the article in the Great Falls Tribune.]


Hiring a firm that assigns an ASHRAE-certified professional to a project confers the following benefits:

  • Increased confidence in critical job knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Compliance with applicable local, state, and federal requirements
  • Confidence in corporate commitment to the professional development of its employees and to providing the best possible resources for projects

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