What we do
ACEC-NB promotes a business environment that recognizes and rewards our members’ expertise and contributions to society.
What is Consulting Engineering?
Consulting engineers offer professional engineering services and expertise to both public and private sector organizations. Consulting engineers also act as independent agents and advocates for their clients, and are responsible for finding innovative solutions to technical problems and provide strategic advice to business and management. These licenced professionals offer a wide array of services and expertise in areas not only related to engineering and science, but also in economic sectors such as energy, resource development, environmental protection, and manufacturing. Firms that specialize in consulting engineering are responsible for designing and building much of our public infrastructure. The solutions and services that consulting engineers provide include:
Consulting Engineering Companies
Consulting engineering services are usually offered by companies, though some are also offered by sole practitioners. Most firms in the industry are privately owned enterprises, operating at the community level and employing only a few dozen people; a smaller number are large integrated firms, with over a thousand employees nationally, that provide a wider range of services.
Engineers in consulting companies come from virtually every discipline and specialty, and they usually work in teams within their firms. Their roles may range from purely scientific or technical, to coordinating or managerial, or any combination-depending on the type and size of the client's project. In many cases, consulting engineers will be responsible for coordinating the efforts and activities of team members: other disciplines and professions that work in the field include natural scientists, technologists, planners, surveyors, architects, ecologists, geoscientists, archaeologists, economists, construction specialists, property negotiators, and a range of other specialties-whatever is needed to deliver the project services most effectively. Others engineers may specialize entirely in their own sphere of expertise.
More than 1000 New Brunswickers owe their livelihood to the business of consulting engineering. The gross revenues of such firms contribute upwards of $355 Million to the New Brunswick economy every year. The industry boasts an increasing number of small, medium and large firms that are able to compete successfully at the national and international level.
The Regulation of Engineering
Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada, and engineers working in both the public and private sectors require a licence to practice. Professional engineers are held to a high standard of conduct and expertise, and are required to regard the public interest as paramount. For more information on the licensing of engineers and the regulation of the profession in New Brunswick, visit the APEGNB website.
For further information on the services provided by individual ACEC firms, visit the ACEC-NB members page.