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.
- 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.
Student Internship Grants are back! MCAA is making $1,000 grants available to members who hire a well-qualified college student for the summer or on a part-time or co-op basis. These grants are made possible thanks to funding from the association’s foundation, the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF).
MCAA and MSCA are hard at work putting together a new and free benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies. Our new forum will 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. We’ll kick things off with a networking reception and special workshop at MCAA18. Keep an eye on mcaa.org for more information…coming soon!
MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition drew 28 teams this year, including two new chapters. The annual contest challenges teams of students from MCAA and MCA of Canada student chapters to prepare a professional proposal in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a construction or renovation project involving mechanical systems.
Looking for solutions to your leadership challenges and needs? MCAA’s unique leadership development opportunity, the Advanced Leadership Institute, or ALI, can help. Here’s what Kori Gormley-Huppert, President of Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical and a graduate of ALI Course 17, had to say about her ALI experience: “Going through ALI was an amazing and rewarding experience! It has opened doors for me and given me the confidence I needed to take on the role as president. I’m excited about my future and the future of our company as we celebrate 110 years in 2018!”