Faculty Education, Grants & Awards

Colleges and universities continually struggle with providing high-quality education and have been forced to search for innovative ways to keep educational programs viable. JRGF is pleased to be able to address this need by supporting education, grants and awards, specifically for academic leaders.

FACULTY TRAINING CAMPS
JRGF underwrites MCAA’s participation in the Mechanical Electrical Academic Consortium, or  MEAC, an alliance of academic institutions, industry associations, contractors, foundations and manufacturers. Through this alliance, MEAC provides annual intensive education for the academics who teach mechanical systems and/or construction management courses. These camps offered since 2005, provide knowledge in mechanical systems to academics with a background in engineering or related disciplines. This industry-specific training, in turn, helps them better teach the subject matter to undergraduate students, thus nurturing the students’ interest in our industry.

Each camp is held in cooperation with a college or university construction program, ranging from 15-20 attendees a year, and six to eight academics and contractors provide the instruction. Funding covers participants’ hotel costs, instructors’ travel and hotel costs, meals, meeting facility fees and supplies. 

The camps, which are typically three to four days in length, offer curriculum in plumbing systems and codes, isometric drawings, estimating plumbing and mechanical systems, Building Information Modeling, air conditioning systems and components, duct sizing, mechanical properties, testing and balancing, temperature controls, system commissioning, teaching methods, mechanical laboratory exercises and resources. For more information about MEAC, please contact Blake Wentz.

Faculty Continuing Education Grant

These grants encourage MCAA members to employ college or university faculty on a part-time basis by subsidizing the faculty member’s salary. By working in our industry, faculty gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that students may face and are thus better prepared to advise them. This industry experience also helps faculty to better teach mechanical subject matter, so the students coming out of their classes are better prepared to excel in our industry. 

Suggested Areas of Assistance:

  • Provide project management, estimating, scheduling, and proposal preparation assistance
  • Develop specific case study(s) relevant to the sponsoring company
  • Develop and/or assist with training programs and materials

APPLY NOW

All applications due to Megan Walsh.

Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes MCAA student chapter faculty advisors for serving as advisors, educators, and mentors of students who plan to develop a professional career with the mechanical construction industry. This $5,000 award honors the involvement and engagement of our industry’s academic leaders.

APPLY NOW

All applications due December 18 to Megan Walsh.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Year Educator of the Year Recipients University
2002 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska – Lincoln
2003 Daryl Oath Purdue University
2004 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005 Mostafa Khattab Colorado State University
2006 Greg Baker Oregon State University
2007 Keith Rahn Illinois State University
2008 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2009 John E. Schaufelberger University of Washington
2010 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2011 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2012 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2013 Daphene Koch Purdue University
2014 Maureen Weidner Kennesaw State University
2015 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2016 Mostafa Khattab, Dennis Pettitt, Colorado State University Colorado State University
2017 Brad Perkins Iowa State University
2018 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019 Cristina Cosma Wentworth Institute of Technology
Of Interest...

Sarabeth Gandara talks about her experiences with MCAA and how the mechanical contracting industry is the perfect mix of technical and personal relationships.

To continue providing the top-of-the-line education that MCAA is known for, our Career Development Committee has come together to develop the GreatFutures Virtual Education Fall Program! The program is aimed to help give the next generation of mechanical contracting leaders a deeper understanding of the industry and the ins and outs of creating a construction bid. The program will start September 15 and continue through November 16, 2020.

The mechanical contracting industry provides many career paths, and that includes the opportunity to work for an MCA local affiliated association. This summer, MCA of Chicago has two interns, Judie Prophete and Ervin Prophete. They are learning about how an association is managed and how the MCA of Chicago provides resources and education to its members.

McElroy’s Inc., an MCA of Kansas City member, presented Parker Beal with an MCAA Internship Grant at the start of his 2020 summer internship. The grant is funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation. Parker said, “This grant will help me continue to fund my college degree and expenses. I see this not only as a great learning opportunity, but also as a motivation to tell other interns in the future about what I have learned and experienced in the mechanical industry.”

The ever evolving COVID-19 restrictions have forced MCAA member companies to adapt to new normals. U.S. Engineering, has transitioned their summer internship program to a virtual platform. Kenny Griffin, Iowa State University MCAA Student Chapter member, is one of the current interns.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom video, University of Nebraska senior, Ali Brown shares her perspective on entering the mechanical contracting industry and emphasizes the importance of business and human resources.