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 or contact Ann Mattheis at

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:

  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University;
  • McMaster Student Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Hamilton (Canada);
  • University of Washington Mechanical Contractors Student Chapter; and
  • Wentworth Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.
The teams received the best scores out of 24 entries. Judging took place on January 8 at MCAA's office in Rockville, MD. The judges, who are all members of MCAA's Career Development Committee, were Kenneth A. Durr of Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc. (New York, NY), Michael J. Gallagher of The John F. Gallagher Company (Eastlake, OH), Kathleen McCauley of McCauley Mechanical Construction, Inc. (Bridgeview, IL) and J.L. Williams of Ryan & Associates, Inc. (Davenport, IA). This year's project involved the construction of the Segundo Student Services Center (SSC) on the campus of the University of California at Davis. The facility is to be designed and built to meet LEEDâ„¢ NC Gold standards. The competition began at the 2014 Student Chapter Summit in Jersey City, NJ, on October 11, 2014, and will culminate with the Final Four presentations. The judges of the finals competition will choose the first and second place winners who will receive cash prizes of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. The other two finalists will each receive $1,000. The competition results will be announced at the Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony on March 11. For more information about the competition and the MCAA student chapter program, please contact Ann Mattheis at

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

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.

News Archives

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.
Applicants were notified of their status on or around June 15, 2014.


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 or ACE Mentor Executive Director John Strock at

Something for Everyone

  • MCAA/MSCA/PCA Contractors - get Career Development tools and resources to help you recruit the most talented, well-educated young people into your business
  • MCAA Local Affiliated Associations - learn how to interest and involve young people in the specialty trades industry
  • College Professors - looking for information and/or ideas to enhance a mechanical engineering course, curriculum, or program
  • College Students - Start your own MCAA Student Chapter!
    MCAA's student chapter program gives students the opportunity to learn about the industry by attending regular meetings with their MCAA local affiliate sponsors, taking field trips to a variety of jobsites and facilities, working together on volunteer projects, participating in fundraising events, and more. Start your own student chapter today!


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