About Us

About NEC


Founded in 1993, Norton Engineering Consultants, Inc. has grown through the addition of highly experienced engineers with technical, operations, process, design, and project backgrounds. Our engineers have direct working experience with integrated petroleum and petrochemical companies, specialty chemical manufacturers, and environmental control technology companies.


Our mission is to provide our clients with safe, reliable, and economical solutions to the most challenging problems. We pride ourselves on our ability to consistently exceed expectations and maintain a sharp focus on developing long term relationships with our clients. Check out our services and recent projects to see how the depth of our knowledge is used by our clients!

Contact us to find out how we can help improve the operation of your plant


Management team

Jim Norton, Founder, CEO

Jim founded Norton Engineering in 1993 after over a decade of working for Exxon in various different fields of engineering including combustion and petrochemicals. Beginning NEC as lone engineer, he since expanded the company to encompass three offices in two different states that provide process engineering services throughout the globe. Jim has 38 years of experience in engineering, design, operations and troubleshooting in the petroleum process, specialty chemicals, lubricants, energy and environmental fields. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of NJ.

Deke Lincoln, Director of Project Development

Deke has over 25 years of experience in the engineering and technology business, providing services to the following industries: refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, power, and pulp and paper, and renewable fuels. Deke has significant domestic and international business development experience and the innate ability to create a winning atmosphere while fostering a team environment. He has managed projects and teams successfully from concept to completion with excellent organization and listening skills.Deke earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil/Structural) from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of NC.

Chris Steves, President

Chris has extensive experience in the refining industry in many different roles, including Process Engineering & Design, Economics and Planning, and Operations.  Chris has held leadership positions in each of his roles with operating companies, and brings that leadership to Norton Engineering to help in leading the NEC team to find innovative, cost effective, and successful solutions for our clients.

Rick Todd, Process Engineer Manager

Rick has over 12 years of experience in various facets of chemical engineering related to technology licensing, OEM supply, product R&D, equipment automation/commissioning/troubleshooting and process safety.Prior to joining Norton Engineering, Rick was Manager of Process Engineering for the Gas Separation Division at CB&I and PSA Development Manager at H2Gen Innovations, Inc.Rick earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and a Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) at Monash University in Australia. Rick is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of NJ.


NYC Area

277 Fairfield Rd, Suite 325
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 394-9330
Fax: (973) 394-9336


Philadelphia Area

510 Heron Dr, Suite 104
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Phone: (973) 394-9330

New Orleans Area

2750 Lake Villa Drive, Suite 301
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 262-8060 or
(973) 394-9330 x 301