Category: Career Development

MCERF Thanks Frank Schaetzke for Contribution

Frank_SchaetzkeFrank Schaetzke of Pipersville, PA made a personal contribution of $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF).  This brings Frank’s total personal contributions to MCERF to $2,500.  Frank is Vice President of National Contractor Accounts for Zurn Industries, LLC.  He hopes his support allows “…MCERF to continue its outstanding support of industry education and internships.  These efforts really differentiate the mechanical contracting industry from others.”

Mark Rogers, MCERF’s President, thanked Frank for his support of the Foundation.  Rogers said, “Frank is a good friend to the Foundation.”

For more information on MCERF, contact Dennis Langley (

Thanks to Sponsors of GreatFutures 2016

Sponsors of the GreatFutures 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit (October 13-15, Denver, CO) helped make this our best Summit ever.  MCAA thanks host MCA of Colorado and these fine member companies for their contributions to this annual conference: CNA, Milwaukee Tool, Murphy Company, NIBCO,  Victaulic, Viega, U.S. Engineering and Zurn.   

Each of these companies sponsored some aspect of the Summit. CNA contributed to a buffet luncheon, NIBCO supported the backpacks, Viega sponsored the t-shirts, Victaulic covered the water bottles and Zurn sponsored Subway gift cards. MCA of Colorado, Murphy Company, U.S. Engineering and Milwaukee Tool contributed to a dinner at the Breckenridge Brewery, which Summit attendees also toured.

The Summit drew more than 240 future professionals, faculty advisors, MCAA members, local association executives and guests for learning and networking. Student attendees gained more insight into the mechanical contracting and service industry and may even have met a future employer!

The conference opened with a technology exhibit, organized by BuiltWorlds, featuring the latest technologies that mechanical and service contractors are using at project sites and throughout business operations to increase productivity and profits. Educational sessions, announcement of the 2016-2017 MCAA Student Chapter Competition and the annual mini competition with a new twist offered a memorable experience.


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It’s Not too Late to Find an Intern, and Get a Grant

MCAA_GREAT_FUTURESIf you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s website,

Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

And, once you’ve hired someone, you can apply for a Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). The grants are $1,200 each and you may apply for up two grants (if you hire two interns).

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ASHRAE President Tim Wentz to Attend MCAA 2017

Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winner of MCAA’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – and a three-time winner of MCAA’s Educator of the Year Award, became the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during its annual conference in St. Louis, MO June 25-29.

He’s been preparing for this leadership role for many years as chairman of ASHRAE’s Members Council and President-Elect Advisory Committee and a member of the Chapter Volunteerism and Engagement Ad Hoc Committee and the Building Performance Alliance Ad Hoc Committee.

During this past year, Wentz has traveled to all corners of the world visiting and speaking to ASHRAE chapters and attending technical conferences.

MCAA is honored that President Wentz will participate in MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA!

2016 Faculty Boot Camp was an Over-the-Top Success

Sixteen faculty members from as many universities came to the P1 Group, Inc. in Lenexa, KS in June for a three-day crash course in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (M-E-P) – the 2016 Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium’s (MEAC) Faculty Training Camp.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) co-sponsored the conference with Electri International of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

The educational sessions, led by Prof. Mike Feutz of Ferris State University, Prof. Tim Wentz of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Prof. Lori Brown of California State University, Chico and Prof. Shannon Nicklaus of Pittsburg State University (Kansas), covered mechanical systems and properties; plumbing systems and equipment; testing, balancing and commissioning; estimating; scheduling; high performance contracting; electrical fundamentals; power distribution; systems; lighting; and electrical estimating and scheduling.

All the sessions were designed to brief faculty on M-E-P basics and suggest effective ways to teach the information to students. The P1 Group not only hosted the conference this year, but also arranged tours of its fabrication facility and a new addition to the Olathe Medical Center that’s under construction. Thanks to the P1 Group for hosting the conference and arranging the tours, Shannon Nicklaus for organizing the conference and to MCERF and Electri International for their financial support!

Annual Awards Breakfast Spotlights Exceptional Students

Outstanding MCAA student chapters, an educator and students’ achievements were celebrated at the Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23.

MCERF President Mark Rogers presented scholarship checks to Timothy Drake of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Foster J. McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($2,500); Leah Hendricks of the Milwaukee School of Engineering for the William A. Bianco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($5,000); Andrew Palcan, also of MSOE, for The Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship ($5,000); and Kevin McIntyre, also of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Alan P. O’Shea Memorial Scholarship ($2,500).

Career Development Committee Chairman Troy Aichele awarded trophies and cash prizes to the finalists of this year’s Student Chapter Competition: first prize and $10,000 went to Student Chapter for Mechanical/Electrical Specialty Contracting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the $5,000 prize for second place went to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University.

The University of NebraskaLincoln chapter was also honored as the 2015 Student Chapter of the Year, and Prof. Blake Wentz of the Milwaukee School of Engineering was honored as the 2015 Educator of the Year.

MCA of Eastern PA Contributes to MCERF

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern PA (MCA of EPA), Blue Bell, PA, has contributed an additional $10,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing its total contribution to $160,000.  mca-eastern-paTim Brink, Executive Vice President of the MCA of EPA, praised his association membership for its perennial support of MCERF’s efforts to fund education programs and activities for the mechanical contracting industry.  Brink, who also serves as Treasurer for MCERF, said he particularly appreciates the Foundation’s support of student chapter activities and internships for his contractor members.

President of MCERF Mark Rogers, himself a member of the MCA of EPA, thanked the leadership and members of his association for their years of support of the Foundation.

For more information on MCERF, contact Dennis Langley (

MCAA Student Chapter Summit Makes BuiltWorlds’ Top 10 Videos

VRMCAA’s 2015 Student Chapter Summit, which brought together more than 200 future industry professionals, faculty advisors, MCAA contractor members and local association executives in Cleveland, OH last October, made BuiltWorlds’ top 10 videos of the year. BuiltWorlds, a Chicago-based organization that promotes companies that develop technologies for the construction industry, organized an exhibit of vendors that displayed a variety of technologies that contractors are …or will…use on the jobsite and in the office. MCAA student chapter members were filmed testing the new technologies and discussing their features and applications with the vendors.

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