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 180,000 people, which design more than $100 billion per year in capital projects.

ACEC National

ACEC 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 Forums/Councils 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.

Summer 2016: 

Massachusetts Agencies

  • Effective April 15, 2016, the MBTA stopped holding retainage on all professional services contracts. This change in MBTA policy is great example of how ACEC/MA’s partnering work with public agencies improves and streamlines project delivery for public agency clients and the engineering & design community. 
  • Our ACEC/MA DCAMM Partnering Committee met with the Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management Deputy Commissioner and key staff to discuss procurement of geotechnical and land surveying services when they are not part of the original scope of work. 
  • ACEC/MA’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) held a successful Member Briefing on proposed regulatory changes to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and Infiltration/Inflow requirements resulting from changes to 314 CMR 12.
  • ACEC/MA’s Transportation Agency Liaison Committee (TALC) public agency partnering groups are meeting with MassDOT Highway, MBTA and Massport on a range of issues to help agencies streamline project delivery.

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 continues to serve on the Massachusetts Climate Change Coalition, which is supporting SB2121, An Act relative to 2030 and 2040 emissions benchmarks, which includes the Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP) language.  This bill would require the Commonwealth to use the best science to assess public safety, health and economic vulnerabilities; develop an integrated plan to manage climate change impacts, informed by public-private stakeholders; create two new programs to protect coastal areas and support regional and local planning (using existing resources); and ensure that state policy is consistent with "Smart Climate" science and practices.
  • ACEC/MA continues to support or oppose Massachusetts Senate and House bills that affect our industry.
  • ACEC/MA leaders met 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 2017 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala, hosted by co-emcees DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone and DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. In addition, the ACEC/MA Education Corporation awarded a scholarship to an engineering student.
  • ACEC/MA’s 2017 Emerging Leaders Program for firm employees with 8-15 years of experience sold out and graduated the Class of 2017. 
  • ACEC/MA held a successful State Markets Conference and a breakfast on Automated Vehicles: State of the Practice and Implications for State DOTs.
  • Our October 2017 Effective Writing Program at GZA sold out.  Plans are underway for our spring session at GEI Consultants.
  • Registration is now open for several  upcoming programs.

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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