Career Development Initiative
MCAA’s Career Development Initiative prepares the many talented members of MCAA’s student chapters for great futures in our industry, and helps MCAA members connect with these students for internships or full-time employment. One way it does this is through MCAA's GreatFutures website.
Another way MCAA does this is through MCAA’s annual GreatFutures Forum… Where Students and Contractors Come Together. The video at the left shows how the 2017 event brought hundreds of the best students from MCAA’s 50+ student chapters together with scores of MCAA contractor members. It was a time for fun, a bit of industry education, but most of all for a chance for students and contractors to meet, network, and cement internship and employment opportunities!
MCAAGreatFutures.org: Connecting Our Members with the Best and Brightest Students--the Industry’s Future Workforce
MCAA’s career-related website has a new look and many new features. All the student resumes are now password protected and only accessible by MCAA members. You can now also search for students by university. Looking for a specific skill set, like BIM or Autocad? A keyword filter allows you to zero in on those students who fit the bill. The only thing about our GreatFutures website that hasn’t changed is our commitment to connecting our members with the best and brightest students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce.
Adding a Real-World Dimension to Education
Education, team-building and networking are on the agenda for this annual event where you can get to know students and assess their abilities. A miniature version of the Student Chapter Competition plus plenty of networking opportunities are on tap. A tour of an interesting mechanical systems project, manufacturing plant or facility and the much-anticipated announcement of the Student Chapter Competition project are always highlights.
MCAA student chapter faculty advisors who obtain a part-time position or internship with an MCAA member company are encouraged to apply for this grant. By acquiring practical experience in the industry, faculty advisors enhance their classroom instruction and their students’ interest in pursuing a career in our industry.
Students put their classroom learning to the test as they create a bid for a real-life mechanical construction project. These projects might incorporate BIM, green requirements, mechanical service or new technologies, to name a few. We provide the drawings, background information, specs and other details; the rest is up to them.Initial judging of the written bid packages yields the “final four” teams, who are invited to present their packages to a panel of judges and an audience of contractors at the MCAA Convention. Want to see a potential intern or new hire at work? This is a great way to see how they perform under pressure!
The winner and other finalists are recognized during a special awards breakfast at the Convention.
Six additional teams receive Certificates of Merit for their work.
MCAA student chapter faculty advisors are invited to nominate students for these scholarships honoring the memory of renowned leaders for their contributions to our industry:
- William A. Bianco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($5,000), funded by Kinetics
- Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($2,500), funded by MCERF
- Alan P. O”Shea Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) funded by the MCA of New Jersey
- The Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) funded by the John W. Danforth Company
Watch for information about these scholarships as the Convention draws near.
MCAA’s 2nd annual GreatFutures Forum, held in Anaheim, CA was a huge win-win for MCAA and student chapter members. The annual Job Fair saw 250 students from 30 MCAA student chapters network with representatives of 40 MCAA contractor and manufacturer-supplier companies offering jobs and internships. Everyone left happy!
Our industry’s future leaders are getting a closer look at the field of mechanical contracting at MCAA’s 2018 GreatFutures Forum. MCAA President Michael Brandt welcomed everyone, and Career Development Committee Chair Jon Finch reviewed plans for the event, which includes a variety of education, the debut of a new Student Chapter Presidents Advisory Council, a job fair and a tour of Southland Industries.
MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition project has been released to all participants. Student Chapters have been tasked with a proposal to be the prime contractor on the mechanical portion of the addition and renovation project of Indiana University’s Memorial Football Stadium. This year’s project details were generously provided by Harrell-Fish of Bloomington, Indiana.