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Community Engineering Corps projects take place across the country and are made possible through the great work of our volunteers. 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.
Current Opportunities

Community Engineering Corps has individual and team opportunities for interested volunteers. Review the current list and submit an application for opportunities that interest you.

Water & Sanitation North Carolina

Iredell County, NC: Engineering /Technical Report & Fieldwork- Sanitation

This small town in Iredell County NC was in violation of illegal discharge of untreated wastewater from an unpermitted wastewater collection system into a nearby tributary in 2015.  Since that time, an interim solution...
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Water & Sanitation Georgia

Wilkinson County, GA: Engineering /Technical Report- Septic System

The community partner requires a strategy for implementation along with a new and detailed cost estimate focused on their septic system. Project BACKGROUND In 2009, the community received notification from the Health Department that the...
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Water & Sanitation California

Riverside County, CA: Water Service Design & Cost

This community partner is requesting preliminary designs and cost estimates to provide to the federal attorneys office with regards to water service provision to non-tribal members in the area.  This community partner is located...
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Structures Massachusetts

Barnstable County, MA: Preliminary Eng. Report- Shipping Container Preschool

This community partner is a newly formed non-profit with a goal of developing a Montessori preschool serving ages 3-6 in Barnstable County, Ma. Montessori schools were originally developed for children of low income families....
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Water & Sanitation Wisconsin

Dunn County, WI: Water Damage and ADA Compliance Modifications-Seeking PE

The community needs assistance with upgrades to one of its municipal buildings. These include adding an elevator, adding automatic doors, wheelchair ramps, and other accessibility modifications. Additionally, remediating water damage that impacts the basement....
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Committees Remote

Technical Review Committee

CECorps Committee Member Position Description All Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) projects follow a rigorous process to provide a professional standard of care and appropriate response to community needs. While all project team deliverables are...
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Civil Works Wisconsin

Walworth County, WI: Engineering/Technical Report- Railroad Crossing

A bridge, crossing railroad tracks, has been deemed unsafe since 2014. The bridge was build in the ’30s and since its closure has caused a 12-mile detour to one of the Town’s major routes....
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Water & Sanitation Kansas

Marshall County, KS: Water Supply- Alternatives Analysis

This community is currently receiving treated water from a supply pipeline and storing in their 3,500-gallon water tank.  The estimated cost to maintain the tower may be cost-prohibited. Project Background The community would like...
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Structures Maryland

Queen Anne’s County, MD: Engineering /Technical Report- Church Renovation

A donation of a church was received by a community in Queen Anne County, MD, and is currently being utilized as a community center and town hall. There are concerns that the building is...
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Committees Remote

Legal Review Committee

CECorps Committee Member Position Description All Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) projects follow a rigorous process to provide a professional standard of care and appropriate response to community needs. While all project team deliverables are...
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Register as a Volunteer!
Volunteer Project Process

All Community Engineering Corps projects go through three phases: Pre-CECorps, CECorps, Post-CECorps

Pre-CECorps

Underserved community identifies a need within CECorps’ areas of expertise: agriculture, civil works, energy, structures, and/or water & sanitation.

Note: CECorps services do not include construction

The commitunity should be organized and motivated to enlist help and make changes

The community can demonstrate a lack of resources or ability to obtain technical services

When the items above are confirmed, the community can apply to CECorps.

CECorps

Community Engineering Corps provides a framework for our volunteers to work on a solution to the community’s identified needs. This framework protects you and the professionals working with you. CECorps volunteers are covered by professional liability insurance – important in the litigious USA – but only in you operate within the parameters of the program.
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1. Find a Project

Look for open opportunities on the web

If already engaged with a community, encourage them to apply

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2. Assemble a Team

Identify project lead, Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC), and others as needed

Register in Volunteer Village

*Team members must belong to ASCE, AWWA, or EWB-USA

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3. Plan the Work

Collaborate with community to develop a Work Plan and complete an Engineering Service Agreement

Submit for CECorps Technical and Legal Review

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4. Work the Plan

Carry out work plan, develop solution

Submit for CECorps Technical Review

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5. Deliver Final Work Product

Present solution to community

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6. Monitor and Evaluate*

Alert CECorps that project is complete

Complete volunteer survey

*CECorps conducts long-term M&E

The vetted process and policies follow well-established industry practice that meets a professional standard of care. It ensures professionalism and commitment toward the communities we serve.

Post-CECorps

Community implements engineered solution. With increased technical capacity, the community can use the project team deliverables in a number of ways.

Note: While CECorps does not cover construction activities, volunteers may participate as an “owner’s rep” to ensure construction meets design specifications.

Apply for funding

Consider engineering recommended alternatives

Implement designs

Meet regulations

What's in My Backyard?

CECorps is pleased to announce the What’s in My Backyard? Learn more about volunteering with CECorps and developing local projects by exploring our educational material.

What's in My Backyard?