Joshua H. Vorhies
Senior Staff Specialist
Structural Materials Services
Joshua Vorhies is a Senior Staff Specialist providing services and evaluations related to materials characterization, as well as laboratory testing of construction and other related materials. With 6 years of experience with SME, Josh provides expertise in the methods of testing construction related materials.

Some of Josh’s work-related experience includes historic mortar analysis on various projects including the University of Michigan East and West Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also performed laboratory plaster analysis for the Michigan Train Station in Detroit and performed in-situ load testing of brick and mortar walls using flat-jack hydraulics and digital displacement gauges at the Klingman’s Furniture Company warehouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Josh regularly performs bolt installation and tension verification testing and has assisted on various projects including the roof top lighting and signage at the University of Michigan Mott Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Josh regularly preforms laboratory welder qualification testing per the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1-Structural Welding Code-Steel and D1.5-Bridge Welding. Josh is known for providing quality work with accuracy and an attention to detail. He takes pride in his willingness to dig into the root of a problem to find the answers his clients are looking for.

Josh has two Associate’s degrees from Mott Community College and is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) through the American Welding Society (AWS). He has also obtained safety training including OSHA Confined Space training, aerial work platforms, and the MUST Safety Program.

Josh enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family outside of work. He is talented with technical repairs and likes working on things that need fixing such as cars, appliances, home repairs and his children’s toys. He loves the gratification of knowing he took something that wasn’t working, found the problem, and made it work again. This is the same work ethic Josh provides to his clients every day when he works with his team at SME delivering quality service on every job.