ACEC Indiana was founded in 1959 as a functional section of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers. In 1964, a group of perceptive engineers recognized the need for a unified voice for the business interests of engineering companies and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana was incorporated. Since that time ACEC Indiana has grown to its present day strength of 107 members and 35 associate members, which represents over 500 principals/ owners and nearly 4,000 employees.
Definition of Consulting Engineer
Consulting engineers are independent professional engineers who perform services for clients on a contract basis without commercial or manufacturing affiliations that might bias their judgment. Their services include preplanning, design and design implementation, research and development, construction management, and consultations on engineering-related problems.
To render such services properly, they must be qualified by education, technical
knowledge, and experience, with appropriate licensing by a state to practice one or more
disciplines of engineering.
Consulting engineers are independent contractors in a legal sense. They own and manage their own businesses and serve their clients on a contract basis. They operate as individual proprietors, in partnerships, or as corporations.
Normally, the consulting engineering firm serves a number of clients simultaneously. Its clients are individuals; industrial and commercial concerns; municipal, state and federal
government; architects; other engineering firms; attorneys and insurance companies; financial institutions; and other clients with a need for engineering services.
ACEC Indiana COMMITMENT
American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana and its member firms are
• Establishing and maintaining the highest standards of technical performance and
• Encouraging continuing professional and technical achievement among all engineers.
• Developing a greater understanding of the practice of consulting engineering by the
public, related design professions, the construction and supply industries, and those
in public service.
• Performing public services that are beneficial to society as a whole and that do not
conflict with professional obligations.