Career Development at MCAA

Student Chapter Summit

Student Chapter Summit

This two-day program will expose students to the mechanical construction, plumbing, and service industries. Students will exchange ideas on chapter development; learn about career opportunities within the mechanical construction industry and how to find them; test their problem-solving and teamwork skills and mechanical knowledge in a mini competition; and hear the details about the latest national student chapter competition. Tours of facilities with interesting mechanical systems and numerous networking opportunities will be featured. MCAA members are welcome and encouraged to attend and evaluate future potential professionals for full-time positions.

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2014 Student Intern Grant Applications Are Now Closed.
Applicants will be notified of their status on or around June 15, 2014.


2013 Student Chapter Summit Was a Hit!

More than 200 attended the MCAA Student Chapter Summit in Memphis, TN - 26 MCAA student chapters, two chapters from Canada and their faculty advisors, local association executives and staff, contractors and friends - for a fantastic three days of great educational sessions, tours and networking events. Mueller Industries, Inc. hosted the event. President-Elect Chuck Fell (CFI Mechanical of Houston, TX) opened the Summit with great advice for the students about the importance of continuing their education after college and the many programs that MCAA offers to help them gain extra knowledge and skills. MCAA Past President Jack Wilhelmi taught the students about estimating basics and Woody Woodall (Sauer Group of Ashburn, VA) followed with an interesting session on the pros and cons of PMAs versus ESAs. John Koontz and Dennis Langley led a session about MCAA's learning opportunities, and Profs. Tim Wentz and Blake Wentz explained the LEED rating system. Prof. Maureen Weidner showed students how to brighten and lighten their presentations for greater impact and effectiveness. Other sessions featured the 2012 Student Chapter of the Year-the MCA of Indiana Student Chapter at Purdue University-the annual mini competition and the announcement of the 2013-2014 Student Chapter Competition, sponsored and presented by Kathleen McCauley of McCauley Mechanical Construction, Inc. (Bridgeview, IL). Special events included a pre-Summit dinner sponsored by Mueller Industries, Inc. for sponsors, Career Development Committee members and guests; a dinner sponsored by MMC Contractors National, Inc. for students and faculty members; a behind-the-scenes tour of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; a tour of the Rock N Soul Museum; and a dinner at the Hard Rock Café. The 2014 Summit will take place in the New York City/New Jersey area, sponsored by the MCA of New York and the MCA of New Jersey.

Presentations from the 2013 Student Chapter Summit in Memphis, TN

Thanks to our sponsors!

Mueller Industries CNA Insurance

MMC Contractors

Pipe Fabrication Institute

Want to sponsor and help the industry's future professionals for 2014?
Contact Jan Grillo at

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

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