Career Development at MCAA
2015 Student Internship Grants are Now Available
2015 Student Internship Grants are Now Available! If you are planning to hire well-qualified college students as interns, be sure to apply for one or more 2015 Student Internship Grants funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). In celebration of the Year of the Intern, the grant amount has increased to $1,500 per student intern hired, and the check will be sent as soon as we receive your completed grant request. All MCAA members are eligible for this benefit, and the program covers student interns hired for the summer or for the year under a university coop program. And, requests are welcome for student interns from any college or university. To help you find just the right intern (or full-time employee), MCAA will announce very soon its new website featuring resumes of students from MCAA student chapters. We're putting the final touches on the website and we'll notify you as soon as it's ready! For more information about Student Internship Grants and the online form, please go to http://www.mcerf.org/initiatives/education-careers/internships or contact Ann Mattheis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 Student Chapter Competition
MCAA Announces Student Chapter Competition Finalists
The scores are in and the teams are set for the 2014-2015 MCAA Student Chapter Competition finals at MCAA 2015 in Maui, HI on March 10. The teams are:
Awards Season Is Upon Us!
Each year, MCAA honors excellence in its student chapters with the Student Chapter of the Year Award, student chapter faculty advisors with the Educator of the Year Award and individual student academic and leadership performance with the Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Awards will be presented at the MCAA 2015 Annual Convention. Click below for details. For more information, please contact Ann Mattheis at email@example.com.
- Educator of the Year Award
- Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
- Student Chapter of the Year Award
Student Chapter Summit Presentations
Once again, we had some very informative presentations at our Student Chapter Summit! If you would like a copy, click the links below to download.
- Taking It All In Before You Take Off - Kathy McCauley, McCauley Mechanical
- General Conditions: What's In, What's Out and How Much? - Robert J. Durr, Jr., Durr Mechanical Contractors
- Developing Relationships - Who Is the Customer? - Arnold "Woody" Woodall - EMCOR Services Combustioneer
- Chapter of the Year Presentation - Southern Polytechnic State University
- Your Career Starts Here - Resume Development
Two New MCAA Student Chapters Form to Make 50
During MCAA 2015 in Maui, HI (March 8-12), MCAA members will welcome two new student chapters at Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO). With the presentation of their charters, the two additional chapters will bring the total MCAA student chapters to 50. The Western Illinois University Construction Management Association has been forming for more than a year. Members and staff of the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Mechanical Contractors Association, the chapter's local association sponsor, met with faculty and students several times during the year to discuss the organization, benefits and the process of becoming an MCAA student chapter. Prof. William Suter is the chapter's faculty advisor and Brad Uher is the president. The Eastern Missouri Mechanical Contractors Association is the sponsor of the new MCAA student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia (aka "Mizzou") - the University of Missouri-Columbia Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Members and staff of that local association have been working on this project for several months and just completed the paperwork this fall. Jonathan Calhoun is the chapter's president and Malcolm Sweet of Air Masters, Inc. (Fenton, MO) is the advisor. Representatives of the two chapters will receive charters during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony during MCAA 2015.
2014 Student Intern Grant Applications Are Now Closed.
MCAA Proudly Supports ACE Mentor Program
MCAA has been a national board of directors member of the ACE Mentor Program since 2007. ACE Mentor is a national program that introduces and educates high school students about the construction industry and the career opportunities that it offers. Founded in 1994 by Charles H. Thornton, world-renowned structural engineer and co-owner of New York-based Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., ACE Mentor reaches into urban high schools and matches teams of interested students with mentors from the architecture, construction and engineering industries (hence, the name ACE) who expose the students to the building industry through regular after-school meetings, visits to their offices and project sites, and competitions. ACE encourages qualified students to further their education in college or technical schools and offers scholarships to help them. MCAA's student chapter program is uniquely positioned to further its own and ACE Mentor's goals by matching mentors from MCAA student chapters with nearby ACE high schools. For more information about ACE, please contact Ann Mattheis at Ann Mattheis at firstname.lastname@example.org or ACE Mentor Executive Director John Strock at email@example.com.