An Architectural and Engineering Mentor - Protégé Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 11 and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) are pleased to introduce you to the Calmentor mentor-protégé program. This program is designed to encourage and support small businesses through voluntary partnerships with mid-size and larger firms. Specifically, the program aims to increase the participation of small Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firms in public transportation projects in the San Diego region.

In order to ensure success, Caltrans and SANDAG have partnered with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - San Diego Chapter, the City of San Diego, and the Caltrans, District 11 Small Business Council (D-11 SBC). A Steering Committee consisting of representatives from Caltrans, ACEC, the City of San Diego, and the District 11 SBC, have worked together to develop the program materials.

Consultant Services Unit

The Consultant Services Unit is responsible for initiating, securing, and managing consultant contracts. The contracts include both "On-Call" and "Project-Specific" Architectural & Engineering (A&E) contracts and utility services. The Consultant Services Unit exercises oversight authority on all consultant contract monitoring and management issues including:

  • Initiation
  • Compliance
  • Contract Progress Payments
  • Maintaining records for
    • All contract payments
    • Invoice payments
    • Contract history
  • Managing Service Contract Guidelines for
    • Utility Contracts
    • Mark-Out Contracts
    • Aerial Photography Contracts

The Consultant Services Unit also provides support to all Caltrans Task Order Managers.

You can request the following documents by emailing

  • Mentor App
  • Protégé App
  • Calmentor MOU
  • Calmentor Program Overview

District 11 Consultant Services Manager

Erik Ocampo
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 688-3302
Email Address: