The Engineering Contractors’ Association, ECA, since 1976 has served underground and heavy construction professionals in Southern California providing leadership and education on issues important to our member’s success. Working to enhance continued development ECA promotes a healthy construction environment through education of regulatory bodies from the contractor’s perspective and informing the industry on critical developments.

ECA’s mission champions the interest of its members acting as a collective influence in the construction industry in matters of labor relations, government relations, legislative interests and public relations. Membership in the ECA is drawn from 11 Southern California counties and is made up of contractors and affiliates with interests in sewer and water line, stormdrain, pipeline, underground utilities, trenching, excavating and grading, tunnels, street and highway construction, water and sewer treatment plants and related engineering construction.

Under the guidance of ECA’s board of directors, Executive Director is Rich Lambros, Sheila Voss is Office manager, and ECA Magazine Editor is John Simpson.

ECA Membership Classifications

ECA Memberships are made up of two categories:

  1. A Contractor is either signatory or non-signatory to one or more of the five basic crafts: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Construction Laborers, Operating Engineers and Construction Teamsters.
  2. The Affiliate Member manufactures, supplies, services, and/or distributes materials or services used by contractors involved in the general and underground construction industries.


As a basic element of its longrange planning efforts, ECA maintains both a Political Action Committee and a Legislative Committee. These two bodies of the association work in conjunction with each other and strive constantly to ensure that legislation which could adversely affect construction is either blocked or modified. They diligently work toward the goal of implementing favorable legislation so that contractors and affiliates may enjoy a more successful and profitable business climate.


Additionally, ECA works in conjunction with labor unions to provide the most direct individual representation of union contractors’ labor problems available. The ECA Labor Committee’s responsibility is to gather, evaluate, and disseminate labor information affecting contractor operations. The committee also negotiates Master Labor Agreements with the five basic crafts: Carpenters, Cement Masons, Construction Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Construction Teamsters.

Membership Meetings & DIG Award

Monthly membership events, featuring industry experts, are the basic meeting grounds for members. The association also holds its annual convention in spring and golf tournaments for the benefit and enjoyment of members. The DIG Award, ECA’s most prestigious event, is presented annually to individuals of Dignity, Integrity & Generosity DIG in underground construction. This black tie affair presents a gathering of industry greats and recognizes recipients for their achievement.

ECA Magazine

Keeping members informed on issues both within the association and the underground and general construction fields, ECA publishes its monthly magazine distributed industrywide to construction professionals.

Safety & Risk Management

ECA promotes job safety through a comprehensive risk management program. ECA’s Risk Management Committee serves as liaison with the various occupational safety agencies such as OSHA and Cal/OSHA.

APWA & Public Agencies

ECA members serve in the APWA (American Public Works Association) committee for the membership in improving and streamlining the Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (known as the Green Book), plus all new specifications, materials, sewer and drain design, compaction requirements, and related regulations. It is the Association’s intention that once a contractor receives a contract, he will be able to work efficiently and, most important, cost effectively within the specifications required.

The strong voice ECA has earned within the construction industry has placed the association in a respected position. ECA provides constant input and represents member’s most important interests before agencies, legislative bodies and regulatory entities. Dedication and commitment to individual member needs have been key to ECA’s and its member’s success.