History, Mission, & Vision

Founded in 1960, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is a business association dedicated to assisting its members in achieving higher professional, ethical, business and economic standards to provide quality consulting engineering services for their clients that assure public health and safety.

ACEC/MA members are the leading engineering firms in Massachusetts. Our member firms range in size from single employee entrepreneurs, to large locally-based firms and branch offices of national firms as well as the headquarters of national and international engineering firms; yet about one third of our members are small businesses with ten or fewer employees. 

ACEC/MA is affiliated with the Washington, DC-based nationwide ACEC, a federation of 52 member organizations, with over 5,000 member firms employing over  600,000 people, which design more than $100 billion per year in capital projects.

ACEC National

ACEC National Committees promote legislation and regulations to enhance the business of engineering; identify industry best practices; review business products and services that benefit Member Firms; and oversee ACEC programs.

ACEC Coalitions are communities of ACEC members organized by practice area or firm size, dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing a range of practical, day-to-day resources to enhance your business.

ACEC Council and Forums give member firm employees with specific functional responsibilities the opportunity to network with their peers nationwide through workshops, roundtable discussions, educational meetings, newsletters, and other events.

ACEC is a federation of 52 State/Regional Organizations that provide many of the same opportunities for participation on the state and local level.

ACEC hosts more than 100 online Communities, including communities for Committee, Coalition and Forum/Council members. To join a community, first join the committee. Click here to view the list of ACEC national committees.

Recent Work

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.

Winter 2018:

Massachusetts Agencies

  • ACEC/MA Building Engineering Committee (BEC) held recent meetings with the Designer Selection Board’s leadership to better understand their focus on firms’ proposals for designing state work and with the Chief of Inspections, Building & Engineering of the Division of Professional Licensure’s Office of Public Safety and Inspections, to understand the focus of the agency and new construction control documents.
  • ACEC/MA’s Transportation Agency Liaison Committee (TALC) partnering groups meet with MassDOT Highway, MBTA and Massport on a range of issues to help agencies streamline project delivery. TALC hosted key leaders from the agencies over the past few months discussing such issues as cost estimating, invoicing issues, developing MBTA project scopes of work and quality assurance.
  • Our ACEC/MA DCAMM Partnering Committee continues to meet with the Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management (DCAMM) Deputy Commissioners and key staff on contract issues and design specifications.
  • Recent client sector ACEC/MA Member Briefings with key public agency leaders include ACEC/MA’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) briefing with procurement leaders from the state’s Operational Services Division (OSD) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to discuss the new statewide contract for engineering services 

Legislative and Regulatory

  • ACEC/MA continues to co-chair the Water Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based group of business, industry, government and environmental organizations focused on the needs for more funding for water, sewer and stormwater management infrastructure. 
  • ACEC/MA is advocating for House Bill 1813, An Act relative to public safety in excavation recently testified in support of water infrastructure funding at the late October hearing of Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
  • We continue to advocate for changes to draft regulations proposed by the Board of Registration of Architects to prevent promulgation of regulations that would adversely impact A&E firms.
  • Through TECET, The Engineering Center Education Trust, ACEC/MA participates in meetings of the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, which voted in January to move forward the process for promulgating mandatory continuing education regulations.
  • ACEC/MA continues to serve on the Massachusetts Climate Change Coalition, which is supporting SB2196, An Act relative to Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP) language.  
  • ACEC/MA continues to support or oppose Massachusetts Senate and House bills that affect our industry.
  • ACEC/MA leaders will meet with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation in Washington, DC, during ACEC’s Annual Convention and Legislative Summit, advocating for infrastructure funding for transportation, energy and water.

Professional Practice

  • ACEC/MA honored 35 outstanding engineering projects and several leaders at our 2018 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala, hosted by co-emcees MBTA's Assistant GM Beth Larkin and Massport's Sam Sleiman. In addition, the ACEC/MA Education Corporation awarded 2 scholarships to engineering students.
  • ACEC/MA’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Program for firm employees with 8-15 years of experience sold out and is underway.
  • Sold out registration for both ACEC/MA’s 2018 Genesis Program, a leadership education program for new professionals and our 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, which starts in late February 2018. 
  • We held a Transportation Update breakfast program with MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. We've held two Transportation Roundtables for Small Firms to discuss their challenges and concerns with state work.
  • Plans are underway for our State Markets Conference
  • Our popular Spring Effective Writing Program is already sold out.
  • Recent Member Briefings, open to all employees of ACEC/MA Member Firms, included: Human Resources Forum on Business Related Immigration Issues, IS Forum on LiDAR, Video, and Data Storage and an HR Forum on Landing Your Next Strategic Hire

Strategic Plan

ACEC/MA has developed a 3-year strategic plan that outlines key goals for the upcoming years. The Plan is revisited on an annual basis and updated as appropriate.

Click Here to Download the ACEC/MA Strategic Plan FY2013 to 2016.


These are the current Bylaws of ACEC/MA: 


Updated 5-19-17

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