The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 110 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure.  Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC.  ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.


With the support of our member firms, ACEC/MA works to protect and promote your business. ACEC/MA's work with state leaders, legislators and with state agencies has led to the following recent victories.


July  2015: 


Massachusetts Agencies

  • Our Building Engineering Committee (BEC) offered a two-day Lean Design Boot Camp training program on the use of Lean tools and technology for project managers in firms seeking to work with Massport.
  • ACEC/MA hosted a meeting with Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack for ACEC/MA Firm Leaders to discuss policy and priorities at MassDOT and the MBTA.
  • MassDOT Highway and ACEC/MA hosted two webinars on contracting and invoicing changes reaching over 140 receive sites in the engineering community.
  • ACEC/MA’s TALC MBTA Partnering Committee is working with the MBTA to improve the process for contract amendments and invoicing.
  • The MBTA Partnering Committee collaborates with the MBTA leadership team to address topics on business issues and project delivery; MassDOT Highway Partnering Committee continues to meet regularly with key staff at in the MassDOT Highway Division.
Legislative and Regulatory
  • ACEC/MA’s Building Engineering Committee (BEC) continues to advocate for changes to draft regulations proposed by the Board of Registration of Architects that would adversely impact A&E firms operating in Massachusetts.
  • ACEC/MA Past President Richard O’Brien, PE testified on behalf of ACEC/MA in support of the creation of an MBTA Financial Control Board, along with leaders of other business associations. ACEC/MA also participated in a State House press conference about the need to #FixOurT.
  • ACEC/MA’s Abbie Goodman testified in support of H.752 and S.451: An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change along with the Massachusetts Climate Change Coalition. She also testified in support of H. 2516, An Act relative to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. She will be speaking on a panel at the APWA/New England Summer Conference about legislation needing input from the engineering business community and public works professionals.
  • ACEC/MA continues to support or oppose Massachusetts Senate and House bills that affect our industry.
Professional Practice
  • ACEC/MA’s 4th annual Genesis training program trained 18 employees with 2-5 years of work experience.
  • ACEC/MA graduated its 14th annual Emerging Leaders Training Program with 25 enthusiastic students with about 8-12 years of work experience.
  • ACEC/MA graduated its 6th class of the Odyssey leadership program. Participants with 10 or more years of experience learn in 9 full-day sessions how to better motivate and communicate, in both our day-to-day operations and in conflict.   
  • ACEC/MA held its successful State Markets Conference, with public agency presenters discussing upcoming work for the engineering and land surveying business community.
  • ACEC/MA’s Risk Management Forum and Program Committee presented Managing Risk for Project Management, to help attendees develop a plan to manage client communication, contract negotiations, control scope, design quality and construction administration.