Volunteers

The engine that drives us.

Join Our Team

Community Engineering Corps projects take place across the country and are made possible through the great work of our volunteers. We are happy to work with the engineering and other technical professionals as well as university-level students who make up our project teams and review committees. Members of all three Community Engineering Corps alliance organizations – American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and Engineers Without Borders USA – are welcome to join us!

Services We Provide

Community Engineering Corps volunteers provide pro-bono engineering services that may include consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning and design of engineering works and systems, engineering studies and the review of construction for the purpose of assuring substantial compliance with drawings and specifications.

Volunteer Opportunities

Project Team

Volunteers from EWB-USA chapters and AWWA or ASCE sections can form project teams to work on Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) projects. Potential CECorps volunteers can check in with local social service providers, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, and other community-based groups to see where engineering services are needed within their own communities. Project teams can also adopt unassigned projects featured further down on this page.

Each project team must have a Professional Engineer licensed in the state in which the project is implemented, and this person must be willing to serve as the Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC). The team must also have a project lead and the necessary technical expertise to complete the work. For more information, look for the project on Volunteer Village.

Domestic Application Review Committee (DARC)

The DARC oversees the project application process ensuring that all approved projects meet Community Engineering Corps’ requirements and are feasible in scope and scale for volunteers. DARC volunteers typically volunteer less than 5 hours per month, depending on the volume of applications received. Volunteers must have at least two years of professional engineering experience and be a member of ASCE, AWWA, or EWB-USA. To get involved, please send your resume to cecsubmittals@ewb-usa.org.

Legal Review Committee (LRC)

LRC volunteers are responsible for the review of a project’s Engineering Services Agreements (Form 544) documents and responding to the Project Team when legal concerns are raised. They examine the overall breadth and scope of the projects to minimize and mitigate legal risk, helping ensure that the projects protect and preserve the public health, safety, and welfare. Typically, our reviewers spend 0-10 hours per month on assignments, depending on project needs.

LRC volunteers are individuals with extensive experience in law that support the engineering services that Community Engineering Corps provides to its infrastructure projects and are committed to our mission. They should be a licensed member of the bar in the Unites States and at least four years’ experience related to construction law.

For more information or to apply as a legal volunteer, please email cecsubmittals@ewb-usa.org.

Technical Review Committee (TRC)

The TRC is a quality control committee that provides technical review of project work plans and the final design reports. TRC volunteers typically commit 10-20 hours of work per project assignment, depending on the complexity of the project. Volunteers must have professional engineering licensure with at least four years of experience, and be a member of ASCE, AWWA, or EWB-USA. To get involved, please send your resume to cecsubmittals@ewb-usa.org.

Resources

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Resources

Unassigned Projects

Community Engineering Corps has projects that are looking for the right team to help. Take a look at the list of unassigned projects and find the best fit for your team, or build your own project! To submit an application for an unassigned CECorps project, sign up for Volunteer Village! For more information on how to get started, look to our Resources page.

CA - fire recovery tiny home design

This housing project will provide movable houses (a.k.a. tiny houses) for survivors of the California fires of October 2017. The last of the shelters will be closing in five months, but there are still residents without permanent housing. A project team is needed to help with the structural design on three tiny home models in collaboration with a local nonprofit as well as government recovery entities.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

CA - structural analysis of historic building

A new public park is located next to a two-story wood frame industrial building, which is planned to be converted to office space. The community is hoping to demonstrate the positive environmental impacts of renovating this older building versus demolition and new construction. They need a structural engineering analysis of the building to move forward with their plans. A full project team is needed to preserve this historic building.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

KY - water system restoration

A newly formed water association is struggling with elevated levels of heavy metals in the soil and water supply. They are looking for engineering assistance to produce a preliminary engineering report and feasibility study to build a healthier water source for their residents. A full project team is needed to help get this system up to its full potential.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

MI - green renovation of historic building

This nonprofit’s 100 year old building is in need of upgrades that meet the highest standards of environmental stewardship. The community is looking for engineering assistance to determine the load capacity of their 22,000 sq ft roof in order to install solar panels and green roof infrastructure. A full project team is needed to contribute to this inspirational effort.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

OH - water system repairs

This community is dealing with poor water quality, low pressure, and the inability to flush the system. They are looking for engineering assistance to evaluate the system for water loss issues and improve the water quality. A full project team is needed to help get this system up to its full potential.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

PR - drinking water access improvement

This water system project will provide increased access to the main water well and adequate drinking water storage. The community is looking for engineering assistance and support around design, permitting, and construction supervision. A full project team is needed to help improve the quality of life for this rural community!

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

PR - water tank stabilization

This 100,000 potable water tank is unstable due to rainwater mismanagement and possible other soil failures. The community is looking for engineering assistance to evaluate soil conditions at and around the well as well as do a topographical survey. A full project team is needed to help get this system up to its full potential.

For more information, please contact us at cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

Build Your Own Project

Want to create a project in your own community? Most of our projects come from collaborative efforts made by our members working with organizations in their area. Yours could be next!

How do you get started? If you are not already familiar with an appropriate partner in your community, some of the best places to check in with are local nonprofits, neighborhood associations, social service providers, or other community-based groups. They will often be able to identify needs either within their group or with their partners and constituents.

Once you identify and establish a solid community partnership, the community can submit a 541 Community Application (found on our resources page) to kick off the project!

For more information, reach out to cecinfo@ewb-usa.org

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Where We Work

Community Engineering Corps mobilizes technical volunteers to work in communities across the US. See our map to understand our impact.

Projects Map