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 welcomes our newest student chapter, Bowling Green State University! The chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Northwest Ohio. BGSU’s Construction Management program is tailored to produce industry ready construction professionals with a sufficient background in Mechanical and Plumbing.

This year’s MCAA Student Chapter Competition project has been released to all participating student chapters. MCAA student chapter members have been tasked with developing a proposal to be the prime contractor on a chiller and cooling tower replacement project in the Penn South building in New York City. This year’s project details were generously provided by Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation of Fresh Meadows, New York.

MCAA student chapter members and member companies met in the nation’s capital September 19-21, 2019 for the MCAA GreatFutures Forum. The conference had first class speakers, networking opportunities and 3rd annual MCAA GreatFutures Job Fair. The fair connected 35 participating MCAA member companies, both contractors and manufacturer suppliers, and 150 students looking for internship, co-op and full-time job opportunities.

Attend this year’s GreatFutures Forum Job Fair to find the best talent. Registration for MCAA members is complimentary! The Job Fair gives member companies the opportunity to interact with a diverse talent pool from our 60 MCAA Student Chapters.  The Job Fair is scheduled Friday, September 20 at 8:30 am – 11:00 am in Washington, DC. Take it from these MCAA members.