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See What Happened at MSCA19!

Couldn’t attend this year’s conference? Here’s what you missed!

Mark your calendar for MSCA20, October 11 – 14, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Help reVIVE Springs Mission Rescue

MSCA partnered with the Convoy of Hope at this year’s MSCA19 Education Conference to provide support to Springs Mission Rescue in Colorado Springs, CO. Volunteers helped to take care of some big projects at the Rescue Mission. Along with helping put together meals, the group helped build a new fence, painted inside, and put up new signs. The Rescue Mission said they accomplished things that would normally take several weeks in just a few hours.

A special thank you to all of our members that volunteered their time. A special thank you to Mike Frank and team at Braconier Plumbing and Heating Company, Milwaukee Tool and Home Depot.

Check Out the 2020 Dates for MSCA Sales Institute Courses

MSCA’s Sales Institute, an MSCA University program is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry. This program, unlike any other, provides a clear career path for growing and developing service sales professionals to ensure their success, enhance their value to the company, encourage retention and, ultimately, increase sales. Nowhere else does such a comprehensive educational offering exist that focuses on your needs.

Register now, class spaces are LIMITED!

Full HVACR101 WebBook Series Now Available

To better serve our members we have converted all our HVACR 101 modules into WebBooks. All ten HVACR101 WebBooks are now updated and live on the MSCA Resources page. MCAA and MSCA members can now access some of our most valuable publications on our new WebBook platform. You will be able to take notes, print sections, and share with colleagues. And most importantly, when we have updated content, unlike a downloaded pdf, our WebBooks can be instantly updated behind the scenes while your notes are preserved securely on your computer.

ALL WEBBOOKS  NOW AVAILABLE:
  • What is HVACR?
  • Terminology and Slang Used in the HVACR Industry
  • HVACR Basic Sciences and Formulas
  • Air Conditioning Basic — Small Tonnage
  • Air Conditioning Basic — Large Tonnage
  • Airflow Types and Systems
  • Commercial System Applications
  • HVACR Support Components and Control Systems
  • Heating Systems
  • Focusing on the Customer

Discover the Latest from SPX Cooling Technologies, Watts Water Technologies 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:

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.

SPX Cooling Technologies has released more than 10 episodes in the ongoing video series, “How to Install a Marley® NC Cooling Tower.” These quick guides document contractor best practices for tower installation – from start to finish!

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Watts Water Technologies - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Watts Water Technologies

At Watts, earning your business goes beyond our products. Preview and download BIM & CAD drawings in a variety of industry formats including Revit, stp, dwg, and more at our BIM & CAD Drawings page.

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Need Something Else?

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

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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

Hear from an Inventor and Technology Entrepreneur at MCAA2020

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computer industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing on computers in schools, hands-on learning and encouraging students’ creativity. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon became a New York Times best-selling autobiography when published in 2006. In recent years, Wozniak co-founded Woz U, a platform for personalized, tech-based career training. Learn more about Wozniak, and what else is planned for MCAA2020, on our convention website.

NIBCO’s Tips for Designing an Efficient Hydronic System

Designing an efficient hydronic system is no easy task. The needs of each system can vary greatly from one job to the next, although the core elements remain mostly the same. In a typical system, you will usually find a boiler, circulator pumps, an expansion tank, various heat distributors, and accessories such as vents, valves, and drains. Selecting the right components for the best installation, servicing, and control of the system and its equipment are key to the efficiency of the job.

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Looking for More Smart Solutions?

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

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are November 14, 2019

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices. The next two webinars are being presented on November 14, 2019. The first is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

Pricing

# of trainees from

your company

$/person
1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $125/person
51-100 $ 100/person
101+ Email for Pricing

BROCHURE

REGISTER

If you can’t make it in November, the webinar will be taught again twice on December 19, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

Tech Conference Offers Innovations and Practical Solutions

The MCAA Technology Conference has always been geared to show you the next generation tools that will be used in the industry, but real-world innovations are the backbone of the conference. This year, the conference has more case studies and instruction led by contractors than ever before. If you want to learn how your peers are actually using new software, tools and processes, you need to attend this event.

Hospital Cuts Energy and Maintenance Costs with Cutting-Edge Daikin Chillers

When Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH, started having problems with its antiquated chiller system, the facility was eager to make an upgrade and chose Daikin chillers primarily for the energy efficiency. As a result, it has cut energy use in half and reduced maintenance costs.

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Looking for More Smart Solutions?

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

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Are You Ready for MSCA19?

The 34th Annual MSCA Education Conference is underway. We have launched the MSCA19 phone app and digital program book, with access to all the details needed for a successful and inspiring experience at this year’s conference! Both the app and program book include detailed descriptions of the inspiring keynote speeches, relevant peer group topics and powerful education sessions, as well as optional activities and extras that will be available throughout this information-packed week.

We have a lot of exciting things in store for this year’s conference and we are excited to share them all with all participants in just a few more days!

There’s an App for MSCA19!

The MSCA19 App is live and ready to download! The App will be your tool to navigate this year’s conference. With exclusive content and access to the conference attendee list, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips! Only on the App can you directly message other conference attendees, download conference handouts and build your own personal conference schedule!

You’ll find a full list of conference sponsors and exhibitors along with booth locations for Monday’s Supplier’s Day. Browse the available education sessions and peer group forum topics as well.

We will be sending out important announcements and updates through the App, so make sure to keep your push notifications turned on! At the end of the conference you will also receive a link to complete a post-conference critique—only available through the App— for the chance to win awesome prizes!

Don’t wait— download the MSCA19 App by using keywords MSCA19 in the Apple or Google Play stores. Once downloaded, you must log into the app with your registration email and password: MSCA19 to access the attendees list and attendee information. Click on the three small dots in the upper right-hand corner to log-in. For help with the App onsite at the conference, stop by the registration desk at MSCA reCONNECT!

reENERGIZE: Learn How to Hire and Motivate a Top Sales Team at MSCA19

Join us for this year’s MSCA19 educational conference, October 13—16 in Colorado Springs, CO. Carl Herman, Director of Operations at University of Houston’s Sales Excellence Institute and senior professor, as well as lead instructor at MSCA’s Sales Masters program, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in motivating and training the next generation of salespeople. He will delve into the value of “dashboards” that encourage peer pressure and healthy competition. Carl will demonstrate benefits of focused training of the sales process and explore the hiring process and the qualities to look for when hiring salespeople. In addition, he will open your eyes to the value of incorporating a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system in your company.

reEVALUATE and reESTABLISH Your Financial Health at MSCA19

This year at MSCA19, being held October 13—16 in Colorado Springs, CO, we are honing in on financial health — both personal and business.

reEVALUATE Your Personal Finance

We invite you to reEVALUATE the tenets of Personal Finance with Innovest Vice President and Certified Financial Planner® Jared Martin. Jared will outline aspects of personal finance and ways to reinforce your finances through estate planning, education planning, investing and retirement planning and will identify best practices that can maximize efficiencies for retirement. You’ll leave with tools to ensure your money is working for you!

reEVALUATE the Financial Health of Your Service Business

The key to financial health and sustainability is knowing what financial benchmarks you should be measuring and why. Join Leah Gutmann, owner of First Forward Consulting, LLC, to reESTABLISH and sustaining the financial health of your service business. Leah will share results from the 2019 MSCA Benchmark Survey and explain what these findings mean to you!

MCAA and WiMI Partner with the UA at Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference

Representatives from MCAA and its Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) initiative joined the UA at the 2019 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference (formerly Women Build Nations) for the second year. The event, which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 4-6, 2019, was sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

More than 2,600 union tradeswomen came together to network and learn from each other, including more than 400 UA journeywomen and apprentices, business managers and agents supporting their locals.

UA General President Mark McManus addressed the UA group on Saturday, saying, “the diversity in our work and local unions is going to continue to grow in our United Association.” He was joined by the Laura Ceja, National Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator; Cheryl Ambrose, Health, Safety and Environmental Administrator, and Jill Timushka, National Manager of Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Relations at UA Canada.

The conference included a banner parade celebrating the skilled trades in attendance in addition to workshops addressing diversity and leadership.  Mark McManus and Laura Ceja spoke to all of the attendees at Sunday’s Final Plenary Session.

MCAA and the UA sponsored Saturday night’s event for the UA attendees at Gameworks in the Mall of America®. Members of MCAA’s WiMI Steering Committee Steering Committee attended the event, which included MILWAUKEE TOOL’s tool raffle and a photo booth sponsored by LAARS, a Bradford White Company.

MCAA and the WiMI Steering Committee look forward to continuing their partnership with the UA to support this trailblazing event next year in Washington, D.C.

 

IFS’ Contractor Checklist for Selecting a Field Service Management Application

Lacking a broad and powerful field service management application, trade contractors can find themselves facing a variety of business challenges. However, if your contracting business gets its operations processes right by leveraging comprehensive field service management software like that available from IFS North America, you can turn that challenge into an asset. Here are nine essential functional capabilities trade contractors need in their field service management software to make the most of service revenue opportunity.

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Looking for More Smart Solutions?

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

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Update Your Service Techs’ Arc Flash Safety Training with this Webinar

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices. The next two webinars are being presented on October 17, 2019. The first is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

Pricing

# of trainees from

your company

$/person
1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $125/person
51-100 $ 100/person
101+ Email for Pricing

BROCHURE

REGISTER

If you can’t make it in October, the webinar will be taught again twice on November 14, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

Find Innovative Ideas for ALL Members at the MCAA Technology Conference

Whether you’re in construction, plumbing or service, you’ll find innovative ideas to move your company forward at the MCAA Technology Conference. General sessions feature content of interest to all contractors, while breakouts and workshops let you choose the education that suits your interests. Don’t miss out…join this community of innovators!

The Work Practices in this Guide Help You Break the Line Safely

Safe work practices can be the difference between a safe line break and an extremely hazardous situation. MCAA’s latest guide will help you benchmark your practices and protect your workers.

Inside, you’ll find information about:

  • Common line breaking hazards
  • The most likely injuries from improper line breaking operations
  • Common causes of line breaking incidents
  • General line breaking preparations
  • A checklist you can use to ensure that line breaking is done consistently

By using these tools and educating your workers, you can ensure that every line break is a safe one.