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 to the 542 Project Team Application on our resources page.

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

Looking for forms and relevant policies to help you through the process? You can find everything you need in one place.

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, fill out the 542 Project Team Application on our resources page. For more information or assistance, please reach out to cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

CA - community garden site survey

Our community partner is developing a community garden and urban farm on a vacant 1.75 acre lot. This farm will serve the El Pueblo community in Pittsburgh, CA. Project work consists of completing a site survey to include topography, existing utilities, property lines, and easements. This should be a faster project to complement the many other efforts this amazing community partner is leveraging to develop a high quality facility and deliver fresh food to the community.

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

CA - water source & hydrogeologic investigation

We are looking for a student or professional project team to assist the Lake Morena, CA community with water source and hydrogeologic investigation, producing a preliminary engineering report, and final construction drawings (plans and specs).

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

TN - water source engineering report

We are looking for a student or professional project team to assist the Cherokee Hills, TN community with an engineering review so that they may apply for grant funds to install much needed water meters on more than 120 homes.

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

VI - land stabilization and stormwater runoff control

This project involves the stabilization of a steep hillside that was stripped of protective vegetation by the two recent Category 5 hurricanes, with subsequent subsidence onto and around the only roadway between the eastern and western halves of the island of St. John. This project consists of a combination of hillside stabilization and control of storm water runoff from the steep hillsides.

For more information on how to get involved with this hurricane recovery project, please email 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