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.

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Another way MCAA does this is through MCAA’s annual GreatFutures Forum, where students from our 50+ student chapters come together with scores of MCAA members for fun, a bit of industry education, and most of all for a chance to meet, network, and cement internship and employment opportunities. The annual Student Chapter Competition is a highlight of our convention. Take a look at the video for a glimpse of our industry's great future!

Futures FestStudents at MCAA's 2017 GreatFutures Forum

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MCAAGreatFutures.org: Connecting Our Members with the Best and Brightest Students--the Industry’s Future Workforce

MCAA’s career-related website is committed to connecting our members with the best and brightest student who will comprise the industry’s future workforce. Students have uploaded profiles and resumes that are only accessibly by MCAA members. The profiles are searchable by University, desired location, and even a specific skill set an employer is looking for, like BIM or AutoCAD. A keyword filter allows you to zero in on those students who fit the bill.

The website’s newest feature is the job board. MCAA Members have exclusive access to post full-time, co-op or internship openings, and have exclusive access to student chapter members

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Adding a Real-World Dimension to Education

MCAA Convention
This annual event is the place to meet prospective interns or employees and see them in action. Stop by the Student Chapter Exhibit to meet potential interns and employees who are ready to interview. Get to know students as you participate in convention programs and activities. Plus, you won’t want to miss our annual Student Chapter Competition!

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GreatFutures Forum

Education and networking are on the agenda for this annual event where you can get to know students and assess their abilities. MCAA Members are invited to the annual Job Fair, where the sharpest students will network with prospective employers and discuss internship and full-time employment opportunities. Additional highlights include a tour of a mechanical systems or member facility, networking dinners and a first class featured speaker.  LEARN MORE

Student Internship Grants
Has your company hired a student intern? You’re encouraged to apply for this $1,000 grant. Did you hire two interns? Good news! You can apply for two grants. By working for member companies, students enhance their education, their professional experience and their interest in the mechanical contracting industry.

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Emerging Chapter Grant
New MCAA student chapters, and those that are rebuilding, are encouraged to apply for this $3,000 grant for up to three consecutive years. The funds help the winners with travel expenses, special projects, student scholarships or other costs.

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Chapter of Excellence Grant
Well-established, thriving MCAA student chapters are invited to apply for this $7,500 grant, which provides $5,000 for student scholarships, plus $2,500 for operating expenses. The chapter’s faculty advisor selects the scholarship recipients based on a set of established criteria. Winning chapters use the operating funds toward special projects, travel to MCAA events and other program costs.
Faculty Continuing Education Grant

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.

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MCAA Student Chapter Competition

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.

Grants and Scholarships to Offset Expenses
MCAA offers a variety of grants and scholarships to help offset expenses for the contractors who hire student interns, students and the faculty who teach them. These grants and scholarships are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation.

Caleb Kowalski, a junior at University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and Brooke Scott, a junior at Milwaukee School of Engineering took home The Alan O'Shea Memorial Scholarships sponsored by MCANJ.

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.

Of Interest

MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum is set for September 19 – 21, 2019. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to tour the mechanical systems of the Museum of the Bible, one of the newer museums in Washington, D.C.

The Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC) Faculty Training Boot Camp provided educators from universities across the U.S. with a crash course in the basics of mechanical and electrical systems. By giving educators the tools they need to more effectively teach students about our industry, it is hoped that more students will explore the career opportunities available in specialty contracting. The event took place at the Milwaukee School of Engineering from June 11-13, 2019.

Management Methods Podcast Highlights Career Development Initiative

In the Management Methods Committee’s latest podcast, Host Bob Lindbloom talks with MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Gallo Mooney about our industry-leading career development program. This special pop-up edition of the podcast is available exclusively via the iTunes or Google Play stores. Have questions or need support? Contact us.

Internships benefit both the employer and the participating student. The employer gets top talent and has a pipeline of future full-time employees. Students gain experience, create connections, develop skills and further their interest in the mechanical contracting industry.