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Parlin, NJ
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
CME Associates is a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm dedicated to providing a high quality of professional services in a cost-effective and timely manner. We endeavor to develop and maintain long term, responsive and personal business relationships with our clients ... Read more

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CME Associates – Why Work For Us?

CME Associates is a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm dedicated to providing a high quality of professional services in a cost-effective and timely manner. We endeavor to develop and maintain long term, responsive and personal business relationships with our clients and to address their needs in a positive and successful manner. Through our commitment to the principles of integrity and quality, we utilize practical and innovative problem solving techniques to ensure that our clients' problems are resolved cost-effectively through technically sound, scientifically-based methods in an environmentally conscious and responsive manner.

Three professionals with over sixty years of collective experience established CME Associates in 1983. In 1997 CME Associates acquired the staff of Berson Ackermann Associates, another respected civil engineering and surveying firm with substantial experience. In 2002, CME Associates acquired Icon Engineering, an environmental engineering firm specializing in Brownfield Redevelopment. In 2007, CME Associates acquired EGS Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in providing geotechnical services. Currently, CME Associates provides a complete range of Environmental, Geotechnical, Engineering, Surveying and Planning services and has represented both the public and private sectors on a wide range of projects and, specifically, projects relating to the environment, including water and wastewater treatment facilities and pipelines; wastewater and potable water master plans; water resources and treatment, storage and conveyance facilities; surface and groundwater monitoring; landfills; recycling facilities implementation plans; environmental impact statements; highway and roadway construction; large residential and commercial development projects, and major capital construction projects.

The qualifications and experience of its personnel are CME Associates' greatest assets. The firm has made a conscious effort to attract, develop and retain the highest quality professionals chosen for their demonstrated capabilities, field experience, energy, commitment to excellence and ability to accept increasing levels of responsibility. Our staff includes civil engineers, site engineers, environmental scientists, planners, hydraulic engineers, surveyors, geologists, geotechnical engineers, hydro geologists, wetlands technicians, GIS specialists, landscape architects, and office and field support staff experienced in all disciplines necessary to successfully complete our client's projects.

CME is also a leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) Services. By utilizing the latest in GIS technology we assure our clients a state-of-the-art effective and efficient solution to their needs. We use various software solutions to complete a quality program. CME encourages our clients to integrate the expertise of their own personnel into the GIS effort creating a successful long-term solution for information needs.

CME Associates presently has six (6) offices in New Jersey (Parlin, Howell, Monmouth Junction, Pleasantville, Marlton, and Barnegat).

James M. Schmidt, CPA, CGMA


Jim brings over 30 years of extensive financial and operational experience, and serves as the firms Chief Financial Officer. He works directly with the Partners to oversee the daily operation of the firm and manages all of the firm's financial activities which include Reporting, AP, AR, HR, and IT for the 6 office locations. Jim joined CME Associates in 2009. Prior to joining CME he held the Director of Finance position for a large International A/E firm in New York City. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montclair State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of CPA's and Chartered Global Management Accountants.

He and his wife Marti reside in Brick and have three children.

Timothy W. Gillen, PE, PP, CME


Mr. Gillen started his engineering career as a draftsman in 1964, while attending night school at Newark College of Engineering. He quickly advanced to a position of design engineer and then to project engineer for various prestigious firms before joining CME Associates as a client/ project manager in 1991. He was promoted to the position of Principal in 1997, where he continues to serve as the primary contact for multiple state, county, municipal, and authority clients. He specializes in overseeing the design and construction management of various capital projects including: potable water supply, treatment, storage, and transmission; wastewater collection, transmission, and treatment; solid waste collection and disposal and recycling: transportation and road construction/reconstruction; parks and recreation facilities; and environmental issues. He has successfully managed the implementation of the capital improvement plans for his clients including the initial planning, budgeting, grant and loan funding, design, permitting, bidding and construction oversight. He provides representation of the firm at numerous governing body, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment meetings. In addition to his design experience he provides assistance to the Partners in the areas of business development, maintaining municipal government relations and advancing company growth.

Bruce M. Koch, PE, PP, CME


Mr. Koch has 40 years of experience in private and municipal engineering. He began his career in 1973 as a draftsman and worked full time while attending Middlesex County College and NJIT at night. He advanced from a draftsman to a design engineer while working for three different area engineering firms. He joined CME Associates in March of 1984 as a Project Engineer.

At CME Associates, Mr. Koch developed his skills as Municipal Engineer and was promoted to Project Manager in 1993 and later to the position of Principal in 1997.

Mr. Koch's well rounded experience allows him to address his municipal clients needs from design through construction as well as providing professional guidance for their Planning and Zoning Boards.

Mr. Koch is licensed as a Professional Engineer and Planner in New Jersey and a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He is also a certified Municipal Engineer and is a member of the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers.

CME Associates offers employees competitive compensation packages as well as a comprehensive benefits program, including:

  • Medical, dental and prescription coverage
  • Company paid vision plans
  • Aflac Supplemental insurance
  • 401 (k) with company match
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Company paid long and short-term disability insurance
  • Educational and professional licensing fees reimbursement
  • Excellent professional growth opportunities
  • Internal Management Training Program
  • Generous paid time off
  • Company holidays

In honor of International Women's Day see what our Partners and Principals shared about the female employees of CME Associates.......


David Samuel, Managing Partner:

“The female employees of CME have been a critical part of our company’s success from the beginning.  From supportive roles to upper management, the women of CME contribute daily to our success internally and externally. 

CME works to create and maintain a supportive environment for the retention and advancement of women.  We are a stronger organization because of the women in our workforce and we hope to see the number of female employees continue to increase in the future.”    


Doug Rohmeyer, Principal:

“CME is fortunate to have female employees fulfill several key roles within the company. They are able to diversify the workplace and connect with certain clients in a unique way.”  


Timothy Gillen, Principal:

“Personally I have found all female employees to be an asset to the firm in whatever position they are employed. All of the women in administration are very helpful and efficient. Our Administrative Assistants are hard-working and effective in helping the engineers get their projects completed. Our female engineers are very conscientious and professional in the performance of their work efforts. One of our former female engineers is now the Director of Public Works for one of our clients which I believe was due, in part, to CME's training and encouragement.”


Trevor Taylor, Principal:

“Being a diverse and inclusive company, CME Associates continually supports and invests in the women at our firm which is essential to our ability to drive responsible growth and serve our clients as well as each other in all aspects of our business. The women at CME Associates are instrumental in the success of the firm at every level and have proven to be invaluable in the recent growth of the company by exceeding the expectations of our clients and providing an exceptional work product.” 


A note from HR…..

Valerie Guarino, Human Resource Manager:

As a female holding a managerial role at CME I feel supported and respected performing my job.  The Partners, Principals and CFO work with me on critical decisions and they genuinely care about the employees and the success of the CME team.  As the HR Manager I am proud that our policies and practices embrace fair and equal treatment of all employees.  I appreciate that the Partners and Principals celebrate our employees and their growing families.  With support of upper management our employees can work toward a greater goal of success both professionally and personally. 

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    Upper management and HR has always been very approachable. I have been with the company only 2 years and already received a promotion; employment growth opportunities is important to me and I see that available to me with CME. Never have I felt spoken down to by management or superiors. As CME continues to grow I still feel appreciated and noticed for my hard work.


    While management and HR has been helpful and respectful, there can be lack of communication between office employees which can make the job difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees to want to invest themselves in the brand of CME. We like to feel like we are an essential component to a company, and so far I feel that has been achieved here!

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at CME Associates (Monmouth Junction, NJ) in April 2018.


    My experience with CME Associates was very positive, I was presented this opportunity to interview through a recruiting agency. The interview was 1:1 at the ICON office in Monmouth Junction, NJ. I felt extremely comfortable from the beginning and welcomed into the office by both the receptionist and my interviewer. The interview lasted about an hour and a half, at first I was given a summary of the history of the company, we then reviewed my resume (be prepared for a thorough questioning of your background, experience, and any explanations of gaps), followed by my own questions (I would bring a print out of your prepared questions and take notes).

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    • I had a gap year in my resume where I stopped working in my field, they inquired as to why and how I spent my time in the interim.   1 Answer
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