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. MCERF is pleased to be able to address this need by supporting education, grants and awards, specifically for academic leaders.

FACULTY TRAINING CAMPS
MCERF 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 June 1 to info@mcerf.org.

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 16 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

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
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MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Past summer intern, Jonathan Dang said, “one of the things that made a career in the mechanical industry so appealing is the investment in students and their futures.” Use the internship grant as an opportunity to show your company’s investment in young talent. Help build our industry’s GreatFuture – apply for a grant!

Alex Berman, a 2019 Construction Management graduate from Kent State University and a past MCAA Student chapter member, has found success in the industry as an Estimator and Project Assistant at MCA of Cleveland member Geauga Mechanical in Northeast Ohio. She reflects on her success after graduation and how MCAA has helped her career.

For 2020, MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from MCERF. Be the next internship success story!

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet MILWAUKEE TOOL’s Territory Manager, Hyojon Robbins, who highlights the unique opportunities available to students who choose careers working for a manufacturer/supplier. Upcoming Beyond the Classroom videos will showcase how MCAA student chapter members and MCAA members alike are benefiting from the industry. They will also share the opportunities available to students who choose careers in the mechanical industry.

Jonathan Dang has accepted a full-time position with Freitag Weinhardt, Inc., in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is interning for the company while he completes his studies at Indiana State University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Safety Management with a minor in Construction Management. He will join the company as an employee after graduation in December 2020. Jonathan reflects on his experience as a student chapter member saying, “I am always blown away by the fact that MCAA is willing to invest much of their resources in college students like me.”

For 2020, MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from MCERF.