Our History

After deciding to not move his family to open yet another branch office for a larger firm,  Raymond P. Elliott, P.E. started Materials Testing Consultants (MTC) as majority shareholder in 1968 to provide geotechnical engineering, test drilling and construction materials testing services. In 1974, he split off the drilling operation into a separate contract drilling company known as MATECO to provide contract drilling services to clients beyond MTC. This move has allowed MTC to focus on what it does best – engineering and testing – and MATECO to focus on drilling as a contractor. While MTC and MATECO work seamlessly together, MTC’s focus has always been to get good, reliable information, and MATECO’s focus has been a contractor partner in that effort to MTC and other engineering firms. From the beginning the focus has always been on doing things right and providing solutions and results that can be trusted. 

In 1977, Ray’s wife Joyce came in to help the drilling operation, and in 1979 she became MATECO’s president. Their sons, Dale and Steve, had spent summers working at the companies and both pursued engineering careers. Dale gravitated to the drilling operation and Steve toward engineering and testing. Their daughter, Vicki, excelled in business matters and eventually became involved to support those areas. In 1988, MTC added asbestos and environmental consulting services. Prior to Ray’s early passing in 1992, the family stepped up to lead the organizations and continue to do so today with a strong team of seasoned professionals. Ray’s children – and even  grandchildren – continue the family legacy to this day. 

MTC  is a Michigan Corporation providing engineering, consulting and independent testing services. Specializing in construction materials testing, soil mechanics, and environmental matters. We are affiliated with MATECO Drilling Company, with operations office located in Rockford, MI. MATECO is a geotechnical and environmental drilling contractor. Our combined abilities allow us to uniquely and productively manage projects with our in-house personnel, equipment, controlling the approach, cost, safety, and technical aspects of our engagements.


Our leadership team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to MTC.

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Our Culture, Our Team

  • Safety is our top priority. Everybody deserves a safe workplace.
  • We sweat the details and know that sound decisions and results are based on information and data that can be trusted.
  • We work as a team
  • We value our clients and their need for exceptional service
  • We enjoy challenging projects
  • Investment in people, technology and equipment are worth it

Our Core Values

Trust: Having high confidence in our services, solutions, and results. 

Ethics: Uncompromising in truthfulness, honesty, and integrity.

Service: Being professional, prompt, and courteous.

Technical Leadership: Providing exceptional value with technical expertise.

Teamwork: Committed to our customers and each other. 

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Our Mission

Providing our clients with:

  • Cost effective and creative state-of-the art solutions.
  • Confident assurance of quality through prompt, reputable and unbiased services.



AASHTO Accredited


Our in-house lab is an AASHTO Accredited materials testing laboratory



Materials Testing Consultants is MDOT prequalified for your concrete and construction projects.


We are an ISNetworld Member Contractor.