Dan McCauley, PE


Education: BS Civil Engineering, Montana State University
Certifications: PE, MT, PE ID, PE WY,

President Emeritus

Dan McCauley, PE

HelenaPlanningSite Development

A native Montanan, Dan is a Founder and President Emeritus of Great West Engineering, a Civil Engineering firm based in Helena, Montana.  Great West employs over sixty people in its five Montana, Idaho and Washington locations.  Dan’s 40 year career has involved design and management for a variety of civil and structural engineering projects including water, wastewater and stormwater systems, street and road networks, bridges, culverts, rest areas, trails and sidewalks, parking lots, solid waste disposal and transfer facilities, as well as forensic analysis and reporting.  Dan has been instrumental as a planner and grant writer in assisting numerous financially challenged public entities throughout Montana to secure multiple grants and loans to complete much needed infrastructure projects.

Dan is a licensed professional engineer in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.  He served eight years on the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, one of those as Board Chair, as well as chairing several standing and ad hoc committees.  Dan has also been active in professional societies at local, state, and national levels.

Dan was born and raised in Big Timber, graduating from Sweet Grass High School in 1976.  He then enrolled in Civil Engineering at Montana State University where he graduated with honors in 1980.  Dan also was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies while at MSU.   Dan currently sits on the MSU College of Engineering Advisory Committee and has served in the past on the MSU Civil Engineering Department Advisory Committee. He has also served on the MSU - Helena Chapter Alumni Scholarship Committee.  Dan has been a lifelong Bobcat fan, his wife and he having endowed an MSU athletic scholarship for engineering and education student athletes.

Dan and his wife of thirty-six years Cheryl (an Education graduate of Eastern Montana College), have two children, Quinn and Katy.  The family enjoys outdoor activities, particularly spending time at their cabin in the Tobacco Root Mountains.