Keep Your Service Techs Safe in the Field – This Video Can Help!

MCAA’s Mechanical Service Safety Training Video teaches your service techs how to protect themselves from the most common safety hazards in the field.

Your workers will learn:

  • How to conduct a quick walk-around vehicle inspection
  • Why it’s important to preplan their days to ensure that they have the right tools, materials and safety equipment on hand
  • How to protect themselves and others while driving
  • Why they should check in with their supervisor or someone at the office when working alone
  • How to safely set up and use ladders
  • When fall prevention/protection are needed and how to properly protect themselves
  • How to protect themselves from electrical hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less
  • What additional protection is needed when working on equipment pushing more than 480 volts

Download or play the video

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Download Your New Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide Today!

The full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide enhances the look and feel of our directory with digital-only benefits to help you:

  • Network on the go with linked email addresses.
  • Connect with the companies, products and services that interest you using linked web addresses.
  • Get where you’re going…fast…with bookmarks and a linked table of contents.
  • Find advertisers instantly with a linked advertiser index.

MCAA’s Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide is free as a member benefit. Printed directories are in the mail and will arrive to members within the next two weeks.

Download Your Copy

Have updates? Please share! Update your profile on our website, or contact Jan Grillo for assistance.

Find the Latest from Viega, Victaulic and More in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:
Viega MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Viega

Viega MegaPress XL® – Advanced Press for Larger Pipes – The only press fitting system for 2½” to 4″ dia. carbon steel pipe, makes connections, on average, in 25 seconds. Compared to welding, it saves up to 60% in installation costs and up to 90% in time.

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Victaulic Virtual Trade Show
Victaulic
QuickVic SD – It’s the most economical and efficient way to join small diameter plain end carbon steel pipe, and it’s now available from Victaulic!

Learn More

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Visit the Virtual Trade Show

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Learn How to Grow Your Business Using a Building’s Data at MSCA18

At this year’s MSCA18 education conference in Huntington Beach, CA, experts Sunny Sandhu and Keith La Rose from CopperTree Analytics will explore how equipping your mechanical service offering with advanced building analytics software technology can add additional revenue streams to your business.  These additional revenue streams include pull through service work uncovered by advanced analytics, as well as getting more out of your service technicians by using advanced analytics to perform data and performance driven maintenance versus the traditional time based maintenance.  This technology can also allow you to stand apart from your competition and provide an innovative solution by offering automated fault detection and diagnostics and energy baselining and benchmarking.  Real-world case study examples will be showcased, highlighting project results and return on investment.

Register early for MSCA18 to ensure your participation at this year’s conference scheduled for October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Targeted Programming for Women Professionals Continues at MSCA18

If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company and you’re headed to MSCA18, join us for a luncheon and discussion on Monday, October 22. This is a unique opportunity to develop some important connections!

The event continues MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative, a forum to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

MSCA18 Closing Session Speaker will Change your World

Dr. Peter Diamandis, scientist, innovator, CEO, storyteller and wizard is the founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in creating large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.  During his fascinating and mind-blowing closing session presentation, Dr. Diamandis will reveal that the only constant is change, and that the rate of change is accelerating so fast that 40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies are predicted to disappear in the next 10 years. Competition is no longer the multinational overseas; instead, it’s the exponential entrepreneur creating companies like Uber, Airbnb, DropBox, Oculus, Whatsapp, SpaceX and Tesla.  You will learn how technology breakthroughs are transforming industry to achieve new levels of success and making the world a better place to live and work.  During this highly revealing and powerful keynote, Dr. Diamandis will provide a true understanding of the immediacy of today’s disruptions and impact on your company. Today’s companies cannot remain stagnant but must evolve or die.

Register early for MSCA18 to hear Dr. Diamandis and other inspiring speakers, October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Need to Keep Your Workers Safe from Asbestos Hazards? This Video Can Help!

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers.

Your workers will learn:

  • What asbestos is
  • Where asbestos can be found on the jobsite
  • What the health hazards of asbestos exposure are
  • How to identify potential asbestos hazards
  • How to protect themselves from asbestos hazards

Download or play the video in English

Download or play the video in Spanish

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor to be Featured Speaker at MSCA18

Adrianne Haslet survived the unimaginable bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, where she lost her left leg below the knee. She quickly learned to rise and meet her daily challenges head on with a unique perspective.  Using insights gleaned from her conditioning as an athlete, internationally ranked ballroom dancer, corporate executive, and Boston Marathon bombing triumphant survivor, Adrianne will show you how to gracefully give the middle finger to feeling powerless and offer you her unique process for confidently pivoting to face the future despite overwhelming and sometimes paralyzing forces. As the powerful woman who bravely stared down evil and courageously faced the man who tried to take her life and failed, Adrianne will show you how to be your own most courageous and powerful version of YOU—at work and in life.

Adrianne will also participate in the presentation of the 2018 MSCA Everyday Hero Award.

Register early for MSCA18 to hear Adrianne and other inspiring speakers, October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Want to Keep Your Fitters and Plumbers Safe from Electrical Hazards? Show Them this Video!

MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video teaches your workers to recognize electrical hazards and perform their jobs safely.

Your workers will learn about:

  • The electrical concepts of path to ground and path of least resistance
  • The importance of keeping power tools and equipment in good working order
  • Ground fault circuit interruptors (GFCIs) and when they should be used
  • Hazardous work situations and how to handle them safely

Download or play the video in English

Download or play the video in Spanish

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Safe Work Practices are Key During Pressure Testing Operations – This Guide Has Them!

MCAA’s Guide to Pressure Testing Safety highlights the safe work practices that can help prevent worker injury during hydrostatic and pneumatic testing of steel and copper piping systems.

Your workers will learn about:

  • Hazards associated with pressure testing
  • Common injuries resulting from pressure testing
  • Seven causes of piping system failures during pressure test operations that can result in injury, and how to avoid them
  • Safe work practices for hydrostatic testing
  • Safe work practices for pneumatic testing

The guide also contains tools to help you with pre-test safety planning, including sample checklists for both hydrostatic and pneumatic testing. A sample pneumatic test permit is also included.

Download the guide

There’s More…

A safety training video on the topic of safe pressure testing is also available. Accompanying materials will assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Provide worker training

Download or play the video

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

SOAR with USAF Thunderbird Pilot at MSCA18

Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF, Ret., former fighter squadron commander and mission-ready pilot in three operational fighter squadrons and the first woman Air Force Thunderbird Air Demonstration Squadron pilot, Nicole learned to harness the headwinds of change. Nicole will inspire you to think differently about the headwinds of change, to rise above and to SOAR during the Opening Session on Monday morning, October 22. You will also have the chance to meet her during the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, October 21st, the same day the Thunderbirds will be performing directly overhead during the Huntington Beach Air Show.

The MSCA Education Conference is scheduled for October 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA. An extraordinary line-up of keynote and education session speakers will open your eyes to the limitless opportunities available to you – game-changing technology, astounding business innovations and important peer connections – all designed to help you SOAR above the competition.

Watch Nicole’s Video

MSCA to Partner with Convoy of Hope in Huntington Beach, CA

For the ninth consecutive year, MSCA will partner with international relief organization Convoy of Hope during the annual educational conference in Huntington Beach, CA.  Together MSCA and Convoy of Hope will deliver a tractor trailer of goods and supplies to Share our Selves, a local nonprofit organization that provides a variety of crucial services to homeless and low income families in Orange County, CA.  Since 2010 MSCA has donated over $450,000 in food, goods, supplies, equipment and labor to a local organization in the city where the annual MSCA conference is held.   You can review details on this year’s event and a summary of  past projects here.

In addition, for the past seven years conference attendees have been able to participate in a fun and lively “Packing Party.”  Here 75,000 meals are packed for needy children worldwide as part of Convoy of Hope’s Childrens Feeding Initiative.  Check out this great event!

To participate, donate or for more information contact MSCA at bdolim@mcaa.org.

 

Find your Next Great Idea – Check Out MSCA’s Discussion Forum

MSCA’s online Discussion Forum is the place to go to share ideas and gain insights into industry best practices. Join a conversation, or start one of your own.

MSCA’s Discussion Forum can provide you with answers to some of your current concerns and give you new ideas on a range of business and industry topics. Exclusively for MSCA/MCAA member companies, the Forum is your online tool that enables you to reach out to other companies nationwide to share ideas or seek suggestions and input.

Current discussion topics include:

  • wearable technologies
  • peer groups
  • markup or margin
  • auto renewals
  • and more!

Be sure to check out the Discussion Forum site today!

MSCA18 – Registration Now Open!

Come SOAR with us at MSCA18! At the conference you will have a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of our ever-changing world and its impact on you and your business.  The education session lineup, keynote speakers and peer group forums have all been designed to accelerate your growth, transcend your climb and open your mind to rise above and scale new heights.

Join us in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA to truly experience the limitless opportunities that are available to you – game-changing technology, astounding business innovations, important peer connections, and valuable supplier partnerships – all designed to help you SOAR above the competition.

Check Out MCAA’s New Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety (Based on NFPA 70E-2018)

Introducing MCAA’s newest safety resource… Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently revised its standard for electrical safety in the workplace. The most current version of the standard is NFPA 70E – 2018. This version imposes a new requirement concerning lockout/tagout of electrical energy sources. Affected employers must now establish a written lockout/tagout program specifically for electrical safety.  The new requirement is independent of the long-standing NFPA 70E requirement for a written electrical safety program.

The program is available electronically, and it can be quickly and easily tailored to meet your company’s specific applications. The new model program and all MCAA/MSCA safety resources are  free to members as one of many benefits of membership. If you have any questions about this publication, or NFPA 70E – 2018, please contact Pete Chaney at pchaney@mcaa.org or 301-990-2214.

How Are Field Leaders Reacting to Technology?

Whenever a new process, tool or technology is introduced to a company, there is always concern about how it will be used by the people in the field every day. At the Indianapolis Field Leaders Conference, UA Director of Training Chris Haslinger made a presentation about construction technology. His presentation included a survey which yielded some very interesting results from 175 end users.

A balance must always be made in technology training. You don’t want to spend so much time on the training process that it keeps people from doing their jobs. You also want to make sure that people understand how to use it and follow up with added training if required. The good news from these results is that it seems like most field users are getting the right amount of time, regardless of the duration, and very few respondents appear to be getting new technology handed to them with little time to practice with it.

The next question focused more on the tools needed to use new technology on the job site. As mobile devices are frequently seen as required tools by foreman and field supervisors, the need for internet connectivity has risen significantly.

Two thirds of field leaders answered that it is not only very important, but almost all of the time. This speaks to how essential communication and data flow is becoming between the field and the office. Today, field employees are using their mobile devices for more processes and a good internet connection is becoming a necessity. A poor internet connection slows down the processes and can waste field time. This makes usage of mobile devices counter-productive when the time it takes for files to load or transfer make it slower than other methods.

The usage of mobile devices is increasing. Much of this has to do with better software applications on the market and more companies making it part of the process. When asked which software applications they used most frequently, they responded:

  • 85% – Jobsite Documentation
  • 75% – Blueprint Rendering
  • 67% – Time Cards
  • 19% – Tool Management
  • 46% – Safety Related Purposes

This demonstrates heavy usage of applications across a diverse set of processes. With a higher rate of application usage, the industry is likely to modify its processes to compensate. The last survey focused on this issue.

The top two responses both involved improved communication. Coordination with other trades is a process that has a high need for improvement, but involves a process improvement for communication. The same could be said of delivery of blueprints, change orders and design documents – a process that can grind a project to a halt and add significant cost if not organized correctly.

Mobile devices and job site software have become normal for modern contractors. To keep up on technology impacting MCAA members, MCAA’s Technology Initiative will continue to provide research, articles and guidance.

Find the Latest from Nu Flow Technologies, Rawal Devices, Inc. and More in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:
Nu Flow Technologies MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Nu Flow Technologies

The Nu Drain System is used to rehabilitate aged or failing sewer, drain, vent and waste piping without digging, trenching or destruction inside buildings. This CIPP system can clean, line and reinstate pipes with diameters as small as 2”.

Learn More

Rawal Devices, Inc. MCAA Virtual Trade Show
Rawal Devices, Inc.
Rawal Devices, Inc.’s APR Control is a continuous capacity modulation and dehumidification device, providing part load control to resolve oversized DX A/C challenges in new and retrofit applications.

Learn More

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Visit the Virtual Trade Show

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are June 21, 2018

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices. The next two webinars are being held on June 21, 2018. The first is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

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1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $100/person
51-100 $ 75/person
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If you can’t make it in June, the webinar will be taught again twice on July 19, 2018. Watch for the posting of those dates.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

TG Gallagher Improves Prefabrication Processes with ManufactOn

With the ManufactOn cloud and mobile solution, TG Gallagher has increased and improved its prefabrication capacity. The TG Gallagher leadership team can keep tabs on the status of prefab work and materials at all times. The field team can monitor the progress of prefabbed items, request them as they are completed, and tag products to keep track of them. By integrating prefabrication into TG Gallagher’s supply chain, ManufactOn has helped them take the next step in the prefab revolution.

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Looking for More Smart Solutions?

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website! You’ll see how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with productivity-enhancing and cost-saving applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Curious About the Importance of Company Culture? This Webinar and Workbook Can Help!

The final webinar in the MSCA original series, Plumbing Service 101, Operations Part 2, explored the importance of company culture. Company culture sets the tone for everything from how the team interacts to how the company is perceived by its customers.

The webinar provided strategies for communicating the new service offering internally and externally; showed how to set and achieve exceptional plumbing customer satisfaction levels; and outlined steps for creating and maintaining a successful plumbing-oriented culture.

Missed the webinar? Play the recording and download the companion workbook!