Institute for Project Management

Institute for Project Managment

MCAA’s Institute for Project Management (IPM) provides an intensive, in-depth education in the fundamentals of project management and the essentials of managing-for-profit. In addition to 80 hours of classroom instruction, the course includes problem solving workshops to scrutinize, evaluate, and solve problems from authentic, industry-specific case studies.

The IPM coursework covers every aspect of a mechanical construction project, from start to finish. The curriculum is constantly evaluated by MCAA’s Project Managers Education Committee and changed as needed to keep up with ever changing technology, construction processes, and industry resources. Currently the classes are as follows:


Week I:

  • Interpersonal Skills of the Project Team
  • The Mechanical Project Manager: President of your Projects
  • Planning for Profitability
  • Managing Project Schedules
  • Managing the Integrated Project Process
  • Controlling Project Cost & Cash

Week II:

  • Negotiating Skills for Project Managers
  • Managing Chaos
  • Contract & Construction Law
  • Change Management
  • The Busted Play: Change Order Negotiation Workshop
  • “Crisis at the Jobsite” – Case Study
  • Leadership: The President of Your Projects


IPM Class 60


Suggested Attendees

Project Managers/Engineers with 2+ years of project management experience; foreman transitioning to a PM role; superintendents or general foreman with management responsibility; and estimators transitioning to a PM role or currently managing work that meets the following criteria:

  1. Managing projects with profit/loss responsibility;
  2. Assisting management of projects;
  3. Managing projects with or without jobsite staff; and/or
  4. Managing multiple projects.

Each IPM class takes place over a two-week period divided into two sessions. The second week-long session starts several months after the first week’s session concludes.

MCAA's Institute for Project Management program is designed specifically for the mechanical construction industry and is sponsored solely by the MCAA. It is not related to programs sponsored by the PMI.

Enrollment Note

This is MCAA’s most popular course and it may take up to a year and a half to become enrolled. To enroll in IPM, contact Megan Walsh at