Category: Career Development

2018 MCAA Internship Grants Leap Ahead of Last Year

Data provided by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation for January 1 to mid-July of 2018 versus the same period last year show significant increases in interns hired and MCAA members hiring interns; a 13% increase in interns hired by 18% more contractors.

Since its 2015 “Year of the Intern”, MCAA members have come to view hiring interns as opportunities to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for their organizations. Especially when they get paid $1,000 per intern (maximum of 2) for doing so! MCAA members are increasingly realizing the value proposition of having talented, young interns work at their companies.  In the period mentioned in 2017, 184 interns were hired by 116 MCAA member companies; in the same period in 2018, 208 interns were hired by 137 member firms.

Building a structured internship program provides the opportunity for member firms to recruit talented students and provides a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment. MCAA believes that students who work for one of its members will enhance their education, their professional experience, and their interest in the mechanical contracting industry. Therefore, MCAA, through its Mechanical Contracting & Research Foundation (MCERF) offers internship grants to current members who hire undergraduates as interns.

Apply for a Grant

Grant Description

The amount of the 2018 Internship Grant is $1,000 per intern hired by an MCAA member firm, up to 2 interns. Grants are paid in the form a check from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) to the member company. The grant check will be sent upon the acceptance of the company’s 2018 Student Internship Application.

Eligibility

An eligible MCAA member is one whose membership is currently in good standing with the MCAA. MCAA members include its mechanical contractor and mechanical service members, plumbing members and its Manufacturer/Supplier Council members.

Interns must be students in good standing at an accredited college or university.  Though MCAA encourages its members to give priority to students from its 50+ student chapters, this is not a requirement for a grant.

Contact Dennis Langley for more information.

Find Your Next New Hire at the GreatFutures Job Fair

Registration for MCAA’s 2018 GreatFutures Forum is now open for MCAA Student Chapters!  This year’s conference will be held in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Marriott from Thursday, September 27 – Saturday, September 29.

This year’s GreatFutures Forum will feature MCAA’s 2nd Annual Job Fair on Friday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MCAA Members wishing to participate in the Job Fair can register here.

Enjoy a morning of networking with our industry’s future workforce and exploring your fulltime employment, co-op and internship opportunities with these talented and motivated students.

As a bonus every intern and full-time hire at the forum will be eligible for a $1,000 MCERF grant. There will be no limit per company.

For additional information on what MCAA’s student chapter members will experience at the GreatFutures Forum, please visit our event website.

MCAA and the UA Partner on Women Build Nations Conference Event

MCAA and the UA will cosponsor a dinner cruise for UA and MCAA representatives attending the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference. Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee members will represent us at the event, which takes place October 12-14, 2018 in Seattle, WA. The conference offers opportunities for women in the trades and industry stakeholders to network and share challenges and experiences.

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.

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.

Watch the MCAA18 Student Chapter Competition

The 2018 MCAA Student Competition brought together future leaders of our industry on the main stage of the convention.

Congratulations to our four finalists:

  • Colorado State University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • University of Washington
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

The “Final Four” project involved the renovation of the heating and cooling systems for the Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in New York City where chapters were tasked with coordinating the removal of the existing equipment and installing the new equipment.

The four finalists presented their plans to the on-stage judges and fielded a series of demanding questions. Missed the competition or want a second view? Watch the competition video from start to finish here.

Congratulations again to all the participants and this year’s winner…Colorado State University!

Iowa State Wins Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA18

The Career Development Committee chose the Student Chapter at Iowa State University as its Student Chapter of the Year. The chapter was selected based on how well it promotes an understanding of the mechanical industry and the career opportunities we offer. In addition to a trophy, Student Chapter representatives Brittany Gronewold, Riley McLaren,  Stephanie Shah, and Paige Taylor accepted a $3,000 check.

Brad Perkins Named Educator of the Year at MCAA18

This year’s Educator of the Year award went to Brad Perkins of Iowa State University. The award, which included a check for $5,000, honored his mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, as well as his active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities.

MCAA Welcomed Four New Student Chapters at MCAA18

Four new student chapters received their charters during MCAA18, bringing the total number of student chapters to 57. Jon Finch, Chair of MCAA’s Career Development Committee, was on hand to present the charters to the Robert Morris University Chapter of the MCAA, Indiana State University Student Chapter of the MCAA, MCAA Student Chapter at Auburn University, and CPMCA Student Chapter at the University of Southern California.

Robert Morris Charter MCAA18

The Robert Morris University Chapter of the MCAA charter was accepted by Dr. Tony Kerzmann, Associate Professor at Robert Morris University, and Rege Claus, Executive Director of the MCA of Western Pennsylvania, the chapter’s sponsor.

Indiana State Student Chapter Charter MCAA18

The charter for the Indiana State University Student Chapter of the MCAA was accepted by Student Chapter President Brenden Cox, Faculty Advisor Daniel Bawinkel, and John Rayburn, Executive Vice President of the MCA of Indiana, the chapter’s sponsor.

Auburn University Charter MCAA18

The MCAA Student Chapter at Auburn University charter was accepted by students Eric Brazell, Randall Porterfield, and Chase Lowden, along with Faculty Advisor Keith Rahn and MCA of Georgia representatives Ken Harbour (MCAA Board Member) and Gary Fowler. The MCA of Georgia sponsors the chapter.

CPMCA Student Chapter Charter MCAA18

The charter for the CPMCA Student Chapter at the University of Southern California was accepted by Student Chapter President Steve Yemeli, Vice President Felipe Hernandez, students Alexander Huerta, Alfredo Leal, Julia Lind, Kathy Deng, Nicole Wong, Professor Henry Koffman, and CPMCA representatives Harry Bederian and Chip Martin. CPMCA is the chapter’s sponsor.

Relationship-Building Was the Name of the Game at the MCAA18 Exhibits

Contractors continued to build relationships with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council and student chapter members during the annual exhibits. The Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit highlighted well-known products and services as well as solutions that are just emerging to take on the anticipated challenges that lie ahead. The Student Chapter Exhibit provided members with another opportunity to meet students seeking their Great Futures in our industry.

MCAA Kicked Off Targeted Programming for Women Professionals at MCAA18

Our association’s leading women kicked off our Women in the Mechanical Industry forum with a networking reception. During the event, women learned how the forum will further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA. Women in the Mechanical Industry also sponsored a special session on two proven career advancement strategies measured to have the strongest payoff for women professionals.

Colorado State Wins Student Chapter Competition

The team from Colorado State University won the final round of the Student Chapter Competition at MCAA18, taking home the first prize and $10,000 for their efforts. Their proposal for the renovation of a New York City steakhouse beat out proposals from the Fairleigh-Dickinson University, the University of Washington and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Second place honors and a $5,000 prize went to the University of Washington team.

University of Washington is Student Chapter Competition Runner-Up MCAA18

 

The other two finalist teams, from Fairleigh-Dickinson University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, took home checks for $2,500.

Teams from six additional universities received Merit Awards and checks for $1,000. They were:

  • Ball State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • McMaster University
  • Iowa State University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Illinois State University

Want to Connect with Students at MCAA18? Start at MCAAGreatFutures.org!

Looking for new talent to secure your company’s future? Hoping to connect during MCAA18? Start your research at MCAAGreatFutures.org.

A new search option helps you easily narrow your search to those candidates who are joining us at MCAA18. Look for it to the left of the Search by Keyword area, click the circle to select it and hit submit. Be sure to check back often… students are adding their resumes daily.

Additional Ways to Search

Looking for a specific skill like BIM or Autocad? Enter it into the keyword filter and you’ll get an instant list of students who fit the bill.

Prefer to search by university? We’ve got you covered – just select the university from the list and hit “Submit.”

Just want interns? Only looking for full-time professionals? The results can also be filtered by job type, so you can narrow them down depending on your needs.

Access to the resumes is exclusively for MCAA members, giving members first dibs on the talent the association’s Career Development Initiative has helped to nurture. To see candidate details, simply login with your MCAA.org username and password.

So reach out and get in touch. You may just find the next star employee to ensure your company’s great future!

Hiring Summer Interns? Don’t Forget MCAA Internship Grants!

Internships are an opportunity to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for your organization. Building a structured internship program will provide the opportunity for your firm to recruit talented students and provide a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment.

MCAA believes that students who work for one of its members will enhance their education, their professional experience, and their interest in the mechanical contracting industry. Therefore, MCAA through its Foundation is offering grants to current MCAA members who hire undergraduates as interns.

Apply for a Grant

Grant Description

The amount of the 2018 Internship Grant is $1,000 per intern hired by an MCAA member firm, up to 2 interns. Grants will be paid in the form a check from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) to the member company. The grant check will be sent upon the acceptance of the above 2018 Student Internship Application.

Eligibility

An eligible MCAA member is one whose membership is currently in good standing with the MCAA. MCAA members include its mechanical contractor and mechanical service members, plumbing members and its Manufacturer/Supplier Council members.

Interns must be students in good standing at an accredited college or university.  Though MCAA encourages its members to give priority to students from its 50+ student chapters, this is not a requirement for a grant.

Contact Dennis Langley for more information.

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Discover How to Improve Your Company’s Cyber Security at MCAA18

Nick Espinosa Has your company’s computer system been hacked? If so, you’re not alone. With access to infrastructure and connected systems, contractors are frequently targeted by hackers with a malicious purpose, such as cyber-ransom and systems penetration. In this session, you will learn to minimize risks to your privacy, data, and business operations in our connected digital world, while enjoying the benefits of technology.

To demonstrate how costly and destructive mischief can happen, this session will include a live hacking demonstration!

Espinosa BookNick Espinosa is an expert in security and network infrastructure on multiple platforms. He has designed, built, and implemented multinational networks, encryption systems, and multi-tiered infrastructures as well as small business environments. He has been quoted in Forbes, Yahoo!, American Express, CIO, EnterpriseTech, ITWorld, ComputerWorld, Solutions Review, InfoSec, CSO and other publications. He is also the award-winning co-author of a bestselling book on cybersecurity, Easy Prey.

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