Don’t Fall Short When It Comes to Labor Recruitment

We are headed towards a crucial labor shortage in the building trades industry.  In fact, it is already apparent in many parts of the country—but there are things that can be done to combat it, and it starts with a shift in your mindset on how to tackle recruiting.

Forward-thinkers Tim Herbert, UA Lead Organizer, Washington State Pipe Trades and Josh Windy, UA Organizer, Michigan Pipe Trades, will be joining us in Huntington Beach, CA at this year’s MSCA18 educational conference to share the steps they’ve taken to address this issue in their area in a creative and successful way. This talk will include new perspectives on ways to find and contact potential recruits as well as the importance of creating and fostering long-term, on-going relationships with those considering a career in the HVACR industry. You will learn about a new interactive database they created to help track and maintain contacts; and how local contractors are involved and engaged in the process. This session will provide you with a fresh outlook on recruiting and provide you with the tools you need to ensure you are attracting the best talent to fulfill your manpower needs.

Life Would be Easy if it Were Not for Other People

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!) Award-winning author of seven books and human relations expert Connie Podesta will join us in Huntington Beach, CA at the MSCA18 educational conference and show why #1 key to SUCCESS is the ability to get along with other people both at work and at home. Her message will both challenge and empower you with the knowledge you need to get along better with all the people in your life.

Connie’s emphasis on the value of long term results rather than more quick fixes will help you implement strategies that will make a lasting impact on your daily interactions with others. She will take participants right inside the minds and personalities of the people they encounter every day–bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family– so you can act, rather than react, to whatever life throws your way!

Dick Starr, Former MSCA Chairman, Provides Insight on the Maintenance Requirements of High-Performance Buildings

Energy efficiency, comfort, and productivity are the top focus for most high-performance buildings, according to Dick Starr, senior account executive, Enterprise HVAC Service & Control, Twinsburg, Ohio and former chairman of the MSCA Board of Managers.

In a high-performance building, system integration is key. A balance between productivity, safety, good health, and energy efficiency is imperative. Failure to maintain one component may prevent the entire system from performing optimally.

With an emphasis on system v. equipment, these high-performance buildings differ from most other commercial buildings, where the focus tends to land more on a ‘break/fix’ mentality and focus only on basic wear and tear maintenance. With the equipment running independently of each other maintaining one part will not impact another.

Since high-performance buildings are normally ‘owner-occupied’ facilities, according to Starr, he believes that building and maintaining trust between the building owner and HVAC service provider is key to developing best practices and creating a successful strategic plan. Each building is unique and requires a different maintenance program to operate at its highest potential.

Read the full article from theNews and learn more on how to create a maintenance program that will result in higher performing systems, please click here.

Popular Peer Group Forums to Feature Hot Topics at MSCA18

Looking to grow your company’s vision? Curious about best practices in deploying mobile devices? Needing ideas on how to increase your customer retention? Or have questions about building data analysis? We’ve got you covered.

This year’s MSCA education conference in Huntington Beach, CA will feature two sessions of peer group forums.  Always one of our most popular conference events, these peer group forums provide a unique opportunity to discuss current topics and concerns with your peers and top leaders in the field. Each of these interactive sessions are lead by a leader in the industry and will focus on a single topic in order to provide an opportunity to dive into an in-depth conversation amongst the entire group. This collaborative environment is a valuable way to share and learn from other’s successes and setbacks and launch your business ahead of the competition. We will be talking about technological innovations on both the hardware and software side as well as discussing struggles and sharing best practices on how to deal with the new realities in our field, to name a few. With more than seventeen topics to choose from, including water management programs, service training, sales, succession planning and empowering techs, there’s no doubt that you’ll be leaving with invaluable knowledge and resources to help advance your business.

Be on the lookout mid-September for instructions on how to sign-up for the topics that interest you!

Money for Nothing – Learn How to Create Your Company’s Story at MSCA18

Humans are programmed to respond to images, stories, and the rhythm and rhyme of music.  We are stirred by our favorite songs, movies, and books.  Historically, large consumer brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, and Chevy have used music and stories to great effect in establishing a premium market position.  Brands like Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, and eBay use online storytelling with pictures and customer reviews to build extraordinary value for their shareholders.  How can a commercial service contractor take advantage of these human tendencies to similarly build the value of their service brand?

CEO of Service Trade and the author of The Digital Wrap, Billy Marshall, will join us in Huntington Beach this year at the MSCA18 education conference and share his wisdom on the importance of building valuable customer relationships through online engagement. Pull your customers into an online experience that will transform your service brand by becoming a great digital storyteller and watch how it can earn you more pay for less work.

Create a Vision of Greatness at MSCA18 – with a side of corned beef!

Have you ever eaten a corned beef sandwich from Zingerman’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI? If not, you have missed out on one of life’s greatest experiences. But there is a lot more than just bread and meat behind that sandwich.

Zingerman’s founder, Paul Saginaw believes that he has been successful in spite of the fact that he has limited natural talent and abilities because he has always thought that the only real limits are those of vision. At the October MSCA18 Education Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, Paul will share his inspirational and “visioning” approach to business that has lead to Zingerman’s success.

Zingerman’s started in 1982 as 1300 square feet of combined restaurant and specialty food retail space, run by Paul, his co-founder and two employees. The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses now has 22 partners, employs over 750 people and generates over $65 million in annual sales from ten separate businesses. Inc. Magazine called Zingerman’s “the coolest small company in America.” During his conference presentation, Paul will explain why Great Service, Open Book Management, and Visioning have created a culture of engagement and appreciation from the front line to the organization’s governing body with behind-the-scenes “secrets” that are invaluable in building a special, sustainable business of any kind. Whether you’re running a law office, a library, a restaurant, a record label, a software firm, or a mechanical service company, Zingerman’s approach is sure to help your business thrive.

The MSCA18 Education Conference will be held October 21 – 24, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, Huntington Beach, CA.

Ferris Student Marjorie Banda Receives MSCA Scholarship

Marjorie Banda, a freshman in Ferris State University’s HVACR program, was the recipient of this year’s MSCA Scholarship in recognition of her scholastic achievement. In a thank you letter to MSCA Executive Director Barbara Dolim, Marjorie said, “I am truly grateful for the financial support that I have received from you as an organization. It will definitely make a big difference and leave a mark that will be with me as long as I live. I am motivated to work even harder in school and obtain my HVACR Bachelor’s Degree.”

Marjorie is involved in several student organizations, including the Greater Michigan MSCA Student Chapter, which presented the scholarship.

In the conclusion to her letter, Marjorie noted that, “Supporting females like myself in STEM programs instills confidence in women that indeed the industry does believe that women do have the potential to contribute to the industry.”

MSCA provides scholarship money annually to the MSCA Chapter of Ferris State University to be awarded to a student (or students) in the university’s HVACR program, as selected by department faculty, based on scholastic achievement and other criteria. MSCA representatives serve on the department’s advisory board and chapter members are invited to attend the annual MSCA conference where they have an opportunity to meet with MSCA members from around the country.

Is Your Business Designed to Survive the 21st Century? Prepare Now at MSCA18

Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product. The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules. Companies built to survive are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today.  At this year’s MSCA education conference, Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow, will provide thought-provoking advice on business transformation and business survival.  Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behavior, and the lessons learned on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation. Walsh will provide additional take home value by providing “Mind Grenades” – thought-provoking questions and “next action” ideas and concrete suggestions specific for the HVACR industry.

 

Protect Your Fitters, Plumbers, and Service Techs From the Extreme Heat By Reminding Them About Heat Illnesses and Prevention Methods

Now is a great time to remind your fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and their supervisors about heat illnesses and how to prevent them.  The heat illnesses we’re most concerned about include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, and heat cramps.

HEAT STROKE: The body loses its ability to sweat and can’t control its temperature. Heat stroke is a medical emergency.

HEAT EXHAUSTION: The body sweats away too much water and salt.

HEAT SYNCOPE: The body’s blood pressure becomes too low resulting in dizziness or fainting.

HEAT CRAMPS: The body experiences painful muscle spasms.

To help prevent heat illnesses:

  • Provide training for all affected workers on heat illnesses and prevention methods.
  • On extremely hot days, reduce the physical demands on your workers as much as possible.
  • Work tasks that are particularly physically demanding should be performed early in the morning or later in the afternoon avoiding the hottest part of the day.
  • Provide a constant supply of cold water.
  • Encourage your workers to drink at least a full cup of cold water every 15 to 20 minutes throughout each day.
  • Encourage your workers to avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, and high sugar content drinks during periods of extremely hot temperatures.
  • Allow frequent rest periods in cool shaded areas.
  • Encourage your workers to wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics that are also designed to filter out harmful UV rays.
  • Keep a close watch on workers who are at higher risk for heat illnesses. For example, workers required to wear hot personal protective equipment, such as arc flash gear, welding gear, respirators, etc., and overweight workers may be at higher risk.

Get a Grip on Your Business at MSCA18

EOS is a comprehensive business system with real, simple, practical tools that helps business leaders clarify, simplify and achieve their vision.   During this bonus optional session,  “Are You Running Your Business or is it Running You?,” attendees will learn how to see their business in a whole new light and to achieve better results through strengthening the Six Key Components™ of a great organization (Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process and Traction).  The outcome creates alignment and synchronizes all the pieces of your business to produce the results you want.  This special session will take place on Sunday, October 21 from 7:30 a.m. – noon prior to the start of the MSCA conference.  Cost is $300 and includes all program materials and copy of the book “What the Heck is EOS,” co-authored by program presenter Tom Bouwer.

 

Introducing the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Page

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative has a new home on the MCAA website! If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company, this page will keep you up to date on our efforts to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

Rethink Leadership, People and Teams at MSCA18

Steve Thomas, one of MSCA’s most highly rated speakers, will explore that one common thing effective leaders and cultures have that enables them to accomplish great things, in and through people. You will be challenged to rethink the steps it takes to create a culture in which people can come to work and be the best version of themselves and experience full engagement. Warning: it’s not normal!

During The Scooch Project, Steve will navigate the riddle of disengagement and empty! Why is it that two leaders can do the exact same thing and get two completely different results? Why can two companies be the same in so many areas and yet one is fun to work for and the other drives people insane? According to researchers, 70% of our workforce is disengaged. Why? In this session, Steve will explore that one common thing effective leaders and cultures have that enables them to accomplish great things, in and through people. You will be challenged to rethink the steps it takes to create a culture in which people can come to work and be the best version of themselves and experience full engagement. Warning: it’s not normal!

If you have not previously participated in a program taught by Steve Thomas, you have certainly been missing out! Join us for MSCA18 to hear him speak.

 

Keep Your Service Techs Safe in the Field – This Video Can Help!

MCAA’s Mechanical Service Safety Training Video teaches your service techs how to protect themselves from the most common safety hazards in the field.

Your workers will learn:

  • How to conduct a quick walk-around vehicle inspection
  • Why it’s important to preplan their days to ensure that they have the right tools, materials and safety equipment on hand
  • How to protect themselves and others while driving
  • Why they should check in with their supervisor or someone at the office when working alone
  • How to safely set up and use ladders
  • When fall prevention/protection are needed and how to properly protect themselves
  • How to protect themselves from electrical hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less
  • What additional protection is needed when working on equipment pushing more than 480 volts

Download or play the video

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Download Your New Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide Today!

The full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide enhances the look and feel of our directory with digital-only benefits to help you:

  • Network on the go with linked email addresses.
  • Connect with the companies, products and services that interest you using linked web addresses.
  • Get where you’re going…fast…with bookmarks and a linked table of contents.
  • Find advertisers instantly with a linked advertiser index.

MCAA’s Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide is free as a member benefit. Printed directories are in the mail and will arrive to members within the next two weeks.

Download Your Copy

Have updates? Please share! Update your profile on our website, or contact Jan Grillo for assistance.

Find the Latest from Viega, Victaulic and More in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:
Viega MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Viega

Viega MegaPress XL® – Advanced Press for Larger Pipes – The only press fitting system for 2½” to 4″ dia. carbon steel pipe, makes connections, on average, in 25 seconds. Compared to welding, it saves up to 60% in installation costs and up to 90% in time.

Learn More


Victaulic Virtual Trade Show
Victaulic
QuickVic SD – It’s the most economical and efficient way to join small diameter plain end carbon steel pipe, and it’s now available from Victaulic!

Learn More

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Visit the Virtual Trade Show

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Learn How to Grow Your Business Using a Building’s Data at MSCA18

At this year’s MSCA18 education conference in Huntington Beach, CA, experts Sunny Sandhu and Keith La Rose from CopperTree Analytics will explore how equipping your mechanical service offering with advanced building analytics software technology can add additional revenue streams to your business.  These additional revenue streams include pull through service work uncovered by advanced analytics, as well as getting more out of your service technicians by using advanced analytics to perform data and performance driven maintenance versus the traditional time based maintenance.  This technology can also allow you to stand apart from your competition and provide an innovative solution by offering automated fault detection and diagnostics and energy baselining and benchmarking.  Real-world case study examples will be showcased, highlighting project results and return on investment.

Register early for MSCA18 to ensure your participation at this year’s conference scheduled for October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Targeted Programming for Women Professionals Continues at MSCA18

If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company and you’re headed to MSCA18, join us for a luncheon and discussion on Monday, October 22. This is a unique opportunity to develop some important connections!

The event continues MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative, a forum to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

MSCA18 Closing Session Speaker will Change your World

Dr. Peter Diamandis, scientist, innovator, CEO, storyteller and wizard is the founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in creating large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.  During his fascinating and mind-blowing closing session presentation, Dr. Diamandis will reveal that the only constant is change, and that the rate of change is accelerating so fast that 40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies are predicted to disappear in the next 10 years. Competition is no longer the multinational overseas; instead, it’s the exponential entrepreneur creating companies like Uber, Airbnb, DropBox, Oculus, Whatsapp, SpaceX and Tesla.  You will learn how technology breakthroughs are transforming industry to achieve new levels of success and making the world a better place to live and work.  During this highly revealing and powerful keynote, Dr. Diamandis will provide a true understanding of the immediacy of today’s disruptions and impact on your company. Today’s companies cannot remain stagnant but must evolve or die.

Register early for MSCA18 to hear Dr. Diamandis and other inspiring speakers, October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Need to Keep Your Workers Safe from Asbestos Hazards? This Video Can Help!

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers.

Your workers will learn:

  • What asbestos is
  • Where asbestos can be found on the jobsite
  • What the health hazards of asbestos exposure are
  • How to identify potential asbestos hazards
  • How to protect themselves from asbestos hazards

Download or play the video in English

Download or play the video in Spanish

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.