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Quantifying the Value of Union Labor in Construction Projects

A new report by Independent Project Analysis (IPA), an independent international construction project engineering and research firm, shows that union mechanical contractors were 15% more productive than non-union contractors, with a more than 40% reduction in risks of cost and schedule overruns. MCAA members can download the full report, including methodology.

Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry

This planning tool helps you determine the costs associated with unplanned events, circumstances and factors that may impact the outcome, productivity and schedule of construction projects. New for 2020: a chapter highlighting the benefits of sharing native critical path method (CPM) schedule files.

WebLEM

WebLEM is the industry’s most reliable authority for comprehensive labor units for typical project tasks. Quickly search for and retrieve information. WebLEM is reviewed and updated to reflect the latest products and joining methods. You will need your MCAA.org username and password to log in to WebLEM. For WebLEM access questions, please refer to the WebLEM Access FAQs page.

National Service and Maintenance Agreement

The National Service and Maintenance Agreement is an agreement negotiated and administered by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) and the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) and is a signed contract between the UA and individual mechanical service contracting firms who apply and qualify. The Agreement is a nationally recognized tool that helps contractors provide quality, consistent service to their customers throughout the country and helps reclaim lost market share.

Of Interest

Goshen Mechanical Contractors, Inc. was selected as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2023 in Size Category 1, Zero – 100,000 Work Hours. Goshen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.’s commitment to incorporating safety into their day-to-day activities and family-run business approach set the company’s safety culture apart.

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

Miscommunication and excessive administrative efforts led Modern to adopt MSUITE technology to manage their fabrication operations in unison with other departments. “MSUITE helps prioritize the work for our shop managers to make sure we’re on the right track,” said Jim Tedrow, piping operations leader.

Registration is open for the 38th Annual MSCA Education Conference where we will journey into uncharted territories, set against the stunning backdrop of Colorado Springs, CO, September 22-25, 2024. With a theme of exploration, the conference invites attendees to push the boundaries of our industry and envision what lies ahead. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect…

Add your voice to the 2025 MEP Innovation Conference and submit your education session information today for the January 28-30, 2025 event in Los Angeles, CA. Built by MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA, the MEP Innovation Conference joins thought leaders across the electrical, mechanical and sheet metal trades to improve MEP contractors’ profitability and productivity. The deadline for proposals is June 20, 2024.

Field leaders have many responsibilities, including growing and mentoring our industry’s future workforce and future leaders. Chris Haslinger’s presentation at the Field Leaders Conference will review how our industry has traditionally grown and trained our workforce. It will also provide tips for incorporating mentoring into on-the-job education. Provide your field leaders with the tools they need to ensure your company’s access to future talent. Register them before May 24 and save with early bird rates!

Mechanical service contractors face unique challenges when it comes to the safety of their workers. MSCA’s Safety Resources for Mechanical Service address these challenges through a combination of worker training and guides, manuals, and model safety programs that support your safety program. These are just a few of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The start of summer is almost here and a fresh batch of interns will soon be flowing through the doors of mechanical contracting companies across the country. You have hired your interns, but now what do you do with them? MCAA’s Internship Hot Sauce Guide answers this question with a visual display of intern-level tasks, classified by level of industry experience.

Sloan, an MCAA member, has earned LEED Silver and WELL Gold certifications for its flagship showroom and office space in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. The venue, which opened in May 2022, is the world’s first commercial plumbing showroom to be both LEED and WELL certified. MCAA congratulates the Sloan team on achieving this milestone.

Shelby is a Construction Management major at California State University, Chico with an anticipated graduation of May 2027. She’s an active member of her student chapter and served as Vice President. Last summer she interned with MCAA Member, ACCO Engineered Systems and plans on returning to ACCO for the summer of 2024 to continue her internship experience.

Members Can Now Join a MCAA Peer Group

Participating in industry peer groups not only offers a valuable platform for fostering relationships and exchanging expertise within a supportive community but also represents a proven best practice adopted by many successful MCAA contractor members. These groups provide professionals with an opportunity to benchmark their performance, exchange best practices, address common challenges, and gain strategic insights from industry peers.

MCAA and CNA, our long-time partner in safety, congratulate the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winners for 2023. These five companies exhibited exceptional safety leadership and safety culture throughout the year. Company representatives joined MCAA President Robert Beck on stage during MCAA24 in Orlando to accept their awards.

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MCAA’s Fabrication Conference focuses on cutting-edge fabrication applications and tours of MCAA member fabrication facilities.