CES Group is a full-service engineering consultant to both the public and private sectors, providing civil and environmental engineering, landscape architecture, land planning, land surveying, and environmental management. We are a small firm, with the depth of experience and wide ranging expertise typically found only in much larger consulting organizations. Our skilled engineers, LEED APs, planners and scientists, possess individual capabilities and discipline overlap that enables an extraordinary synergy across our spectrum of services. Our integration of civil engineering, landscape architecture, planning and environmental expertise on the same project design team results in much more functional, aesthetic and sustainable developments, while adding real value for our clients. Key personnel have all held previous positions at much larger engineering firms, with responsibility for design and management of diverse and complex projects. By combining this wealth of experience and capability with typical “small firm” attributes, such as direct project involvement by senior staff, responsiveness and lower overhead costs, our clients consistently receive superior quality service and value. Utilizing the latest tools, such as Civil 3D, robotics and GPS, CES Group is well equipped, well staffed and well positioned to meet the schedule and budget requirements of your next project.  


As a retired Civil Engineer Corps officer and former ROICC with NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, I am familiar with the demands placed on consultants and the need to work well with the Department of Defense staff.  I can assure you that the CES Group team is up to the task, having had the opportunity to work with them in my current position as  Public Works Director for Lincoln County, NC.”  

Burns Whittaker, PE , CDR, CEC, US Navy (Retired)


Firm History

CES Group Engineers, LLP is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) enterprise. Its predecessor, CES Group, Inc., was established in 2000 as a professional engineering design firm by civil/environmental engineer, Chuck Heleine, PE, and by Judy Heleine, REM, an environmental biologist and former industrial chemist with more than 20 years of environmental consulting and management experience. Today, the firm is led by Judy Heleine, Managing Partner, David Lutz, PE, Partner, and a management team of engineers, planners, surveyors, LEED APs, landscape architects and scientists, who together possess more than 150 years of engineering and project management experience. CES Group has achieved a remarkable record of improving, protecting and restoring the built environment, through the delivery of intelligent, innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions. 

CES Group has completed hundreds of projects for both the public and private sectors, including service to municipalities, state and federal government agencies, developers, builders, architects, engineers, schools, financial institutions, attorneys, and owners of commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, and landfill facilities. Building on past success, while constantly adapting to a dynamic maze of regulatory requirements and evolving client needs, our team stands ready to provide the technical expertise, management skills and seasoned professionalism needed to successfully complete projects of wide-ranging scope and complexity.






Management Team


Judy Heleine, REM

Managing Partner / Principal Scientist  ::  Environmental Science Division Manager

As manager of the firm’s day-to-day operations, long-term strategic objectives, and the Environmental Science Division, Judy Heleine draws upon more than 20 years of environmental consulting and business management experience, and her earlier work as an industrial chemist. Her strong background in both field and laboratory  techniques, coupled with detailed reporting and project management skills, have contributed to the successful completion of a wide range of site assessment, soil and ground water contaminant, investigation and remediation, and industrial compliance projects.

  • BS Environmental Biology – University of Illinois (1978)
  • Registered Environmental Manager 
  • Certified Asbestos Building Inspector
  • Certified Air Sampling Professional
  • OSHA 40-Hour Certification

David Lutz, PE

Partner / Principal Civil Engineer ::    Civil Engineering Section Manager  

In addition to management responsibilities for the firm and the Civil Engineering Section, Dave Lutz is an accomplished design engineer and project manager, with comprehensive experience on a wide range of public infrastructure and private development projects, including federal facilities, state and municipal roadways, public utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional sites, single-family and multi-family residential developments, and public schools. His areas of specialized expertise include CPM scheduling, sustainable design, storm water management, and erosion control.

  • BS Civil Engineering - Clemson University (1997)
  • Professional Engineer (North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Illinois)
  • Certified Stormwater BMP Professional


  • To develop innovative solutions for the restoration, protection and enhancement of the natural environment, through the measured application of technology.
  • To plan, design and monitor the constructed quality of ecologically sound physical improvements that benefit our clients and the public.
  • To conduct business in a way that helps maintain or increase public respect for the honored profession of engineering.

The accomplishment of our mission is dependent upon our commitment to the following:

Core Values

  • Production of the highest quality work product is a direct result of attention to detail, rigid ethical standards, technical expertise and diligent effort.
  • By placing a higher priority on quality than on profits, fair returns follow naturally.
  • Continued growth of our organization and enhancement of the services we offer will occur through the ongoing training and development of personnel, recognition and reward for innovation and hard work, active involvement in professional organizations, and a willingness to make changes reflective of society’s ever evolving needs.



The primary strength of our firm, as with any service organization, derives from the qualities of individual staff members. CES Group is currently seeking self-motivated professionals and support personnel, who are interested in advancing their careers by helping to shape the growth patterns of the firm.

Resumes, letters of interest or inquiries regarding current openings may be submitted to

Civil Engineer     

Transportation, Water Resources, and/or Land Development experience required.  North Carolina PE preferred.

Environmental Engineer or Scientist

Water Resources, contaminant remediation, compliance, and/or permitting experience preferred.  PE, PG or CHMM preferred.


Construction Administration Manager

Transportation project experience preferred.

Construction Inspector

Transportation project experience preferred.

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Locator

Two (2) or more years of experience with ground penetrating radar (GPR) and other electromagnetic and sonic methods and equipment to perform horizontal and vertical location of underground utilities. 

Survey Party Chief

Experience with design surveys, route surveys, construction staking and as-builts required.

Survey Technician 

Some field survey experience preferred.  Will train team players with math aptitude and great attitudes.