Community Engineering Corps

In February 2014, the Community Engineering Corps (CEC) was launched as an exciting new alliance between Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The CEC harnesses the expertise of thousands of volunteers by providing pro bono engineering services that address the infrastructure needs of underserved communities in the United States.

"The Spirit Lake community has many needs, and few resources available to meet those needs. By partnering with the CEC, we now have the knowledge and resources to make our dreams a reality." - Frank Black Cloud

The CEC works collaboratively with communities to design solutions to problems that the community has identified. The CEC only partners with communities that do not have the financial resources to access engineering resources in a traditional manner.

Find out more about the Community Engineering Corps >>

How does a community apply to start a project?

The application must come from a community group or a nonprofit organization that represents a community. Please see our Community FAQs for information about applying to start a project. The instructions that accompany the application include information about the program eligibility requirements and the criteria against which the application will be judged. After you have completed the application, submit it to cecsubmittals@ewb-usa.org. If you have questions about how to complete the application, please address your questions to cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

The review of the application will take four to six weeks. If the application is approved, the CEC will identify a project team that is best suited to work on the project. Next, the CEC will connect the community with the volunteer engineers that will be working on the project. If the project is declined, the review committee will detail the reasons that the project is not appropriate as a CEC project.

Example projects that the CEC might work on include providing a model sanitation solution to isolated homes in a tribal community or assisting a community where a public building is flooded on a regular basis.

Download the Application for Community Engineering Corps Project (Form 541) >>

Download the instructions for the Application for a Community Engineering Corps Project >>

Volunteer Opportunities

There are opportunities for members of EWB-USA chapters or ASCE or AWWA sections to volunteer their time and expertise to help communities that have requested the assistance of the CEC.

Read more about specific volunteer opportunities for chapters, sections and members >>

Click on the following links to learn more about the Technical Review Committee (TRC), Domestic Application Review Committee (DARC) or Legal Review volunteer positions. If you need additional information, please contact cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

Additional Information

FAQs: See our FAQs document for additional information>>

Webinars: The CEC currently has two webinars available. The first will help you learn about the CEC and how you can be involved. The second will help you learn about the CEC's project process and how project teams will interact with the CEC staff throughout the life cycle of your project.

View webinar dates and times >>

Have a question? Contact cecinfo@ewb-usa.org.

Open Projects

View projects that are open for adoption >>

If your ASCE or AWWA Section or EWB-USA chapter is interested in adopting an open project, complete the 542 Application to Adopt a CEC program and submit it to cecsubmittals@ewb-usa.org.

Download the 542 Chapter Application to Adopt a Project >>

Project Process

The CEC has a rigorous quality management process that each chapter or section must follow for every project. The intent of the process is to ensure that all projects carried out in the name of the CEC are high quality projects that meet the needs of the partner community.

Read the summary of the Community Engineering Corps project process >>

 

541 Community Application for a New Community Engineering Corps Project

The Community Application for a New Project must be completed by a community that would like to have the CEC work with them on a project. It is reviewed by the Domestic Application Review Committee (DARC) to make sure that it is consistent with the mission and vision of the CEC and meets the other application review criteria.

Download the 541 Community Application for a new Community Engineering Corps Project >>

Download the instructions for the Application for a Community Engineering Corps Project >>

 

542 Chapter or Section Application to Adopt a New Project

The Chapter or Section Application to Adopt a New Project must be completed by an ASCE or AWWA Section or EWB-USA Chapter in order to adopt a new CEC Project. The document is reviewed by the CEC Staff to determine which of the applying chapters or sections is best suited to assist the community. The section or chapter that is best suited to assist the community will be the official CEC representatives to work with the community.

Download the 542 Chapter or Section Application to Adopt a New Project >>

 

543 Work Plan

The Work Plan must be completed by the project team after they adopt the project and serves to describe the proposed project schedule, quality management system to be used by the project team, project staffing and deliverables. It will also list the official Engineer of Record that will be responsible for signing the engineering services agreement on behalf of the CEC. This will be reviewed by the Technical Review Committee.

Download the 543 Work Plan Instructions >>
Download the 543 Work Plan Template >>

 

544 Engineering Services Agreement

The Engineering Services Agreement is the official agreement between the CEC and the client community. This is prepared by the chapter in collaboration with the community and CEC legal volunteers. It is reviewed by the TRC. A 544B modification to the Engineering Services Agreement might be necessary in some projects in the event that there is a change in the project after the Engineering Services Agreement has been signed.

 

545 Status Report

The Status Report must be completed by the section or chapter every 4 months to update the status of the project. This document is used to document the actual projects activities compared to the approved work plan. This will be reviewed by the CEC staff.

Download the 545 Status Report Instructions >>
Download the 545 Status Report Template >>

 

546 Design Report

Must be prepared by the chapter or section before providing an engineering report, drawing and specifications or other type of engineering opinion to the client community or a regulatory agency.

Download the 546 Design Report Instructions >>
Download the 546 Design Report Template >>