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...

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

Marelich Mechanical Company, Inc. employs summer interns and new-hire project engineers from Northern California MCA student chapter programs.

Masen Dinklage, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Nebraska, is spending his third consecutive summer as a Project Management intern with The Waldinger Corporation. Through a variety of activities, he is gaining industry knowledge and building relationships that will help him succeed in his great future.

Arden Engineering Constructors, LLC, internships prepare students for careers in the construction industry. That guidance has paid off for both the company and three recent graduates who accepted full-time positions within the Arden Building Companies family of businesses. Congratulations to Natalie Mansson, Andrew Basile and Alex Appolonia on finding their great futures with Arden.

MCAA is saddened by the loss of Robert T. Armistead, P.E., who served as our President in 2010. He died peacefully at his home on June 16, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Our thoughts are with Susan, Robert, Kane, Bryan and the extended Armistead family during this difficult time. “Bob truly loved the MCAA and his time with everyone involved in the organization. He will be greatly missed,” said Timothy J. Brink, MCAA’s Chief Executive Officer.