Student Chapter Competition

MCAA’s signature project for student chapters each year is the annual Student Chapter Competition. The competition gives students the opportunity to put their classroom learning to the test as they create a bid for a real-life mechanical construction project.

COMPETITION DESCRIPTION
The project’s scope incorporates components such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), green requirements, mechanical service, and new technologies, to name a few. MCAA provides the drawings, background information, specs and other details; the rest is up to the team. The project is contributed by a MCAA member company from a past or current job. The competition information is distributed on Procore.org. All participating students and faculty advisors are given complimentary access to the software, where all the documents and RFIs can be viewed and all the proposals are submitted for review.

Contractors can act as mentors for the students as they navigate the scope of the competition, as well as give guidance and feedback. In no way should contractors contribute any components of the Student Chapter Competition project. Students can also take advantage of MCAA’s online resources to help accomplish the project proposal.

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COMPETITION PROCESS
The competition starts in September with the launch of the project. Teams work until December to build their proposals and submit to the Career Development Committee through Procore®. The submitted packages include required documents such as:

  • Executive summary
  • Team resumes
  • Corporate qualifications and financials
  • Project management plan
  • Project estimate
  • Project schedule
  • Service plan
  • Safety plan

Once these proposals have been submitted a group of judges (MCAA contractor members) will evaluate these proposals and narrow it down to the final four. The judging criteria is based on the quality and completeness of the proposal, workplan and project specific planning, estimate for quantity and manhours, overall cost, and the ability to provide a plan or information that clearly separates one from the competition.

The “final four” teams are invited to present their packages to a panel of judges and an audience of contractors at the annual MCAA Convention. 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.

Want to see a potential intern or new hire at work? This is a great way to see how they perform under pressure!

PREVIOUS FINAL FOUR TEAMS

Year Final Four Teams
2020
Ball State University
2020
University of Maryland, College Park
2020
University of Missouri-Columbia
2020
Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019 McMaster University
2019 University of Missouri-Columbia
2019 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2018 Colorado State University
2018 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2018 University of Washington
2018 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2017 University of Missouri-Columbia
2017 Colorado State University
2017 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2017 University of Nebraska Lincoln
2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2016 Colorado State University
2016 Kennesaw State University
2016 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2015 McMaster University
2015 Colorado State University
2015 University of Washington
2015 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2014 Southern Polytechnic State University
2014 California State University, Sacramento
2014 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2014 University of Maryland, College Park
2013 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2013 Northeastern University
2013 Southern Polytechnic State University
2013 University of Washington
2012 Southern Polytechnic State University
2012 California State University, Sacramento
2012 Illinois State University
2012 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2011 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2011 Colorado State University
2011 Pittsburg State University
2011 University of Washington
2010 University of Washington
2010 Colorado State University
2010 Oregon State University
2010 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2009 Northeastern University
2009 Purdue University
2009 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2009 University of Washington
2008 University of Washington
2008 Colorado State University
2008 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2008 Northeastern University
2007 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2007 Georgia Tech
2007 Oregon State University
2007 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2006 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2006 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2006 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2006 Purdue University
2005 Oregon State University
2005 Purdue University
2005 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005 University of Washington
2004 Georgia Tech
2004 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2004 Illinois State University
2004 Purdue University
2003 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2003 Ferris State University
2003 Purdue University
2003 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2002 University of Washington
2002 Purdue University
2002 Texas A&M University
2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Of Interest...

Frank Wall has joined the MCAA staff as the association’s Executive Director, Operations. Frank is no stranger to MCAA. He was the Executive Director of the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Oregon for 12 years, followed by two years as the Executive Vice President of the M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania. During that time, he was also Chair of MCAA’s Association Executives Council. “I am personally excited to work with such a professional staff,” Frank said.

JRGF provides funding through grants to help chapters cover the costs of projects, participation in the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition, field trips, scholarships and travel to MCAA events. Completed Chapter of Excellence Grant and Emerging Chapter Grant applications are due to Megan Walsh by Monday, September 14th.

Please join us in saying thank you to the MCAA members who have given to the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) in 2020. Their support enables the JRGF to identify and work to solve the issues that confront the organized mechanical construction and service industry, challenges such as future workforce, productivity and technology.

In this month’s edition of Beyond the Classroom, Peter Gebert, a Washington State University student, talks about the highlights of being involved in his student chapter and how that involvement has led to more learning opportunities, hands-on experience, and ultimately two internships with McKinstry.

MCAA’s GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program kicks off with weekly presentations through November 17th. Each of the presentations is meant to help students navigate the proposal and bid process for the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition project. Did we mention registration is free and you only have to register once for ALL of the presentations! Register today.

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