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Sales Basecamp: Register Now for a 2020 Program!

The next Sales Basecamp will be held February 10 – 11, 2020 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in  Charlotte, NC.

This two-day program  is for anyone new to the sales function or the HVACR and plumbing industry who is preparing for a career in sales. This highly interactive course will prepare recent hires or employees new to a sales position with all the relevant skills necessary to confidently sell HVACR and plumbing services while creating added value for the customer.

The program was developed by a task force of MSCA contractors in partnership with Nancy Bandy, lead instructor for this program, an accomplished professional with over 30 years of corporate training and organizational design
experience.

Class size is limited, so make sure to sign-up today!

An additional Sales Basecamp Program will be held on April 6 – April 7, 2020 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO. Click here for more details.

 

 

Ever Popular MSCA Service Managers Training Program Registration is Now Open

The 2020 MSCA Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. Scheduled for April 27-30, 2020 in Baltimore, MD, this intensive four-day class will provide service professionals with critical management and leadership skills to enhance their performance, provide added-value to their company and ensure their success.  The program was developed with the service manager’s typical day-to-day problems in mind and will address key topics in financial management, communication, conflict resolution, leadership, coaching and motivation.

The course content has been revamped in order to keep up with our ever changing industry and will feature a new instructor! Class size is limited and program sells out quickly so register today.

Celebrating the WiMI Mentorship Program

January is National Mentoring Month, which makes it the perfect time to be building the Women in the Mechanical Industry Mentor Program!

A unique opportunity for young professional women in our industry to connect with a seasoned executive who can help foster mentee career development and leadership growth. This program is designed to guide our industry into the future with a diverse, exciting group of women who may have never connected otherwise. It will enable women from all spectrums of the mechanical and HVACR service industry to connect and learn from each other through support, guidance and counsel.

If you would like to participate, please complete the application and return to MCAA as soon as possible.

2020 UA HVACR Regional Training Dates Now Available

The United Association (UA) Education and Training Department have released  2020 schedule for the HVACR industry courses. These courses are offered through the 2020 Regional Training System, in an agreement with the major HVACR manufacturers, Carrier Corporation, Daikin, and Johnson Controls.

Courses will be taught by authorized-factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer-specific curriculum. Course size is limited so early registration is encouraged. These courses are designed to provide the best possible training for the UA local unions, keeping up to date with current HVACR industry requirements for project specifications in high performance buildings.

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!

Explore the Latest from Zurn Industries, LLC and Applied Software 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:

Zurn Industries, LLC - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Zurn Industries, LLC

Contractors have waited long enough for a floor drain that’s easy to install and built for the long haul. Zurn’s EZ1–available in cast iron and plastic–ships complete, and is adjustable and durable.

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Applied Software - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Applied Software

Applied Software is the Southeast’s premier Autodesk software reseller, providing design technology planning, training, mentoring, and solutions to help clients improve project performance and workflows.

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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

Arista Air Conditioning Employs XOi Technology to Build Customer Trust

In New York City, competition among HVAC providers is intense, so Arista Air Conditioning Corporation found a new way to win over customers. The company armed all of their technicians with the cloud-based XOi mobile app. Technicians use their mobile devices to generate photo and video documentation of every service call for Arista’s customers—so customers can see what the techs see.

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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.

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National Service and Maintenance Agreement Negotiations to Begin Spring 2020

The National Service and Maintenance Agreement continues to be an excellent tool used by  HVACR and plumbing service contractors around the country to grow market share and remain competitive in this highly competitive market.  The current National Agreement is effective through July 31, 2020.  The MSCA Labor Committee will be discussing potential changes or modifications with the UA later this year.  Although we anticipate very few changes, we would appreciate your input or recommendations on terms and conditions which you feel may be helpful in expanding your service business.  Please send all comments to bdolim@mcaa.org  by December 6, 2019.

Find the Latest from IFS North America and Lincoln Electric 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:

IFS North America - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
IFS North America

IFS believes that service complexity shouldn’t be a hurdle to business success; it should be an asset for your business, and a value that gets passed to your customer. It’s no wonder, then, that IFS achieved the highest score in complex service and support in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Service Management. See how IFS stacks up here.

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Lincoln Electric - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Lincoln Electric

CrossLinc™ Technology and Flextec® multi-process welders from Lincoln Electric enable voltage control at the wire feeder, saving time while enhancing quality and productivity.

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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

Discover the Latest from SAWIN Service Automation and Milwaukee Valve 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:

SAWIN Service Automation, Inc. - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
SAWIN Service Automation, Inc.

SAWIN BASIC is a cloud-based solution with a full-set of modules to run any business, any size. Ideal for companies with an existing accounting software. SAWIN BASIC can integrate with your current system while giving you the kind of features you need to grow your business while making it more efficient and effective.

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Milwaukee Valve Company, Inc. - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Milwaukee Valve Company, Inc.

INSULATOR/MS® from Milwaukee Valve is the only insulating ball valve handle that does it all – controls condensation, has reliable memory stop, and saves time since there’s no need to disassemble for adjustments.

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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

Scholarship and Award Applications Are Due Friday, December 20

Applications for scholarships, the Student Chapter of the Year Award and the Educator of the Year Award are due next Friday, December 20, 2019. Read on for more information about all of these, then submit your applications to be sure you get considered.

Scholarships

MCAA is dedicated to providing students the opportunity to develop professional skills, knowledge and experiences. Student chapter members can apply for the following scholarships, which are funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) as part of its commitment to funding the next generation of mechanical contracting leaders:

  • Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship
  • William A. Bianco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarship
  • Josam Endowed Scholarship
  • Alan P. O’Shea Memorial Scholarship

Apply for a Scholarship

Student Chapter of the Year Award

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The $3,000 award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement and career development.

Apply for the Award

Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes MCAA student chapter faculty advisors for serving as advisors, educators, and mentors of students who plan to develop a professional career with the mechanical construction industry. Student chapters nominate their faculty advisors for this $5,000 award honoring the involvement and engagement of our industry’s academic leaders.

Nominate Someone for the Award

Scholarship and Award Presentations

Scholarships and awards will be presented during the MCAA2020 Awards of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30 am – 8:30 am. In order to qualify for a scholarship or award, the potential recipient should be available to attend the event.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about any of these scholarships or awards, please contact Harlee Mooney.

New MCAA Student Chapter Resources Now Available

MCAA’s student chapter program is dedicated to helping students prepare for careers in the mechanical construction and service industry. When a student joins a chapter, MCAA, MCAA’s local affiliate and the college or university commit to providing that student every opportunity to develop professional skills, knowledge and experiences.

MCAA’s Career Development Committee has created new resources to help student chapter members manage the overall operations, recruitment and successes of a chapter. Click on the links below to download MCAA Student Chapter documents:

MCAA Student Chapter Best Practices & Guidelines detail the policies, procedures and rules to operating a chapter and share the MCAA resources available to student chapter members.

MCAA Student Chapter Workbook guides the chapter through meetings, recruitment, social media, fundraising, community service and the various activities of a student chapter. All MCAA Student chapters are required to return their completed workbook to the national MCAA office each year.

MCAA Student Chapter Recruiting Presentation showcases the benefits of joining an MCAA Student Chapter. A customizable template is included in the notes section of the PowerPoint.

If you have any questions, would like more information or are interested in starting an MCAA Student Chapter, please contact MCAA’s Director, Career Development, Harlee Mooney.

Learn How to Be Unstoppable at MCAA2020

Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills’ inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five No. 1 ranked infomercials and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything and Build Unstoppable Teams. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest-growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000-plus percent growth-rate, going from $500K to over $63M in just three years. Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day Zig Zigler because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high-functioning team players and leaders. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible. MCAA thanks Trimble for sponsoring this speaker. Learn more about Mills and find out more about MCAA2020 on our convention website.

WiMI Mentor Program Educates and Inspires Industry Women

The WiMI mentoring program provides a unique opportunity for young professional women in our industry to connect with a seasoned executive who can help foster mentee career development and leadership growth. The mentor will serve as an advisor and role model for the mentee.

Mentees will receive personalized advice and guidance to help achieve their full potential and become future leaders in our industry. They will also gain a broader support network of industry experts.

Our goal is to pair mentors and mentees by early January 2020.  Once paired, mentees will be notified and receive the Mentor/Mentee Program Guidelines, which will outline responsibilities and best practices for getting the most out of this working relationship.

This program will help guide our industry into the future with a diverse, exciting group of women who may have never connected otherwise. It will enable women from all spectrums of the mechanical and HVACR service industry to connect and learn from each other through support, guidance and counsel.  The value of your MCAA membership will be increased through sharing, educating and inspiring each other.

If you would like to participate, please complete the application and return to MCAA as soon as possible.

Hear from the First Female NFL Coach at MCAA2020

Dr. Jen Welter draws from her trailblazing journey to deliver memorable insights on the far-reaching benefits of being an authentic leader, focusing on one’s goals and cultivating a champion’s mindset. With stories drawn from her experiences on and off the field, Welter inspires and enlightens audiences with insights on breaking barriers, achieving what others say is impossible and the true value of diverse teams. The first female coach in NFL history, Welter serves as a powerful role model and an inspiring reminder that barriers are meant to be broken. This session is sponsored by Women in the Mechanical Industry. Find other WiMI-sponsored events planned for MCAA2020 and learn more about Welter on our convention website.

Explore the Latest from Conex Bänninger (IBP GROUP LLC) and E.H. Wachs 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:

Conex Bänninger (IBP GROUP LLC) - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Conex Bänninger (IBP GROUP LLC)

Benefiting from over 100 years’ experience in fittings manufacture and over two decades experience in press system design, >B< MaxiPro is set to revolutionize pipe jointing in air conditioning and refrigeration applications. The >B< MaxiPro range is brought to you by Conex Bänninger, a specialist in providing high quality fittings, valves and accessories across the globe.

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E.H. Wachs - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
E.H. Wachs

E.H. Wachs manufactures portable weld prep machine tools used in construction and maintenance to cut, bevel, face and counterbore pipe and vessels. Available for purchase or rental.

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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

MCAA Sponsoring Dodge Survey on BIM Usage

MCAA is partnering with Dodge Data & Analytics to study the value of BIM for mechanical construction, HVAC, and plumbing contractors. This is the first of a larger, ongoing series of BIM studies to focus specifically on our industry. It will shed light on the opportunities and challenges of using BIM and VDC for your work. Your participation is vital to the study’s success, even if you have no experience with BIM.

Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights for Dodge Data & Analytics, will present the study findings at the MCAA Technology Conference on January 31. Those who attend will receive a hard copy of the resulting Business Value of BIM for HVAC and Mechanical Construction SmartMarket Report.

All participating companies will receive a copy of the report via email as a thank you for participating in the survey.

The survey takes 10 to 12 minutes to complete, and your answers are strictly confidential. They will not be associated with your name or the name of your company in any way.

Find the Latest from Building Start and Bitzer US 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:

Building Start - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Building Start

Building Start’s mobile, cloud-based software will streamline field data collection efforts for Mechanical Contractors for equipment startup, pre-commissioning checklists and service professionals.

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Bitzer US, Inc. - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Bitzer US, Inc.

BITZER is a global leader in the manufacture of Screw, Scroll and Semi-Hermetic Reciprocating Compressors for commercial A/C and refrigeration applications.

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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

Explore the Latest from CNA and MIFAB 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:

CNA - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
CNA

Mechanical contractors take on risk with each project, when was the last time you reviewed your insurance needs?

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MIFAB, Inc. - MCAA Virtual Trade Show
MIFAB, Inc.

Serving all of the USA, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, MIFAB can provide you with the quality, engineered plumbing and drainage solutions you need. Innovative product designs save the installer time and material cost and provide the owner with higher quality cast stainless steel drains and cleanouts for the same cost as the industry standard nickel bronze.

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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