MCAA’s “A Day in the Life of Ted” Video – A Must-See for College Students!

“Despite being on the executive board of my school’s MCAA Chapter, I still didn’t fully appreciate what it is actually like to work for a mechanical contractor until this presentation. The “A Day in the Life of Ted” video was an excellent view as to what makes your section of the industry different than a typical building contractor.” That was one student’s reaction to the video at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum.

The video follows Ted McHugh of West Chester Mechanical in Aston, PA through a typical workday. In addition to highlighting the daily demands associated with keeping a project on time and within budget, it showcases for students how a great future is achievable in the mechanical industry!

See How Students and Contractors Came Together at the GreatFutures Forum!

The MCAA 2017 GreatFutures Forum was so successful, we made a video about it!

The video covers the entire conference, from Futures Fest, MCAA’s first-ever career fair, to Futures Frenzy, an exciting game show that let student teams to compete for cash prizes.

Interviews highlight students who hope to begin their careers with a full-time employment offer or an internship. Chapter faculty advisors talk about the opportunities made available to their student chapter members. MCAA members express their delight at meeting well-qualified students who are interested in the mechanical contracting industry … a lot them … unlike most college career fairs.

The video also captures some of the presentations—MCAA President Greg Fuller on career opportunities awaiting students searching for a great future, Kevin Dougherty on the value and importance of personal communications and Past MCAA President Mark Rogers and his team on what a typical day is like for a mechanical contractor. You’ll even catch a glimpse of the NCAA Hall of Fame.

We had so much fun making this video, next year we’re going to the movie-making capitol of the world … or close to it … Anaheim, CA. We’ll keep you posted on the details both on this site and at MCAAGreatFutures.org.

Watch the Movie

OSHA Releases Interim Enforcement Guidelines for Silica Rule – MCAA’s Resources Will Help You Comply

OSHA recently released interim silica enforcement guidelines for its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs). The guidelines, which are attached, may be helpful to you in preparation for OSHA’s enforcement of the standard.  MCAA expects that OSHA will begin full enforcement of the standard on October 23, 2017.      Guidelines

MCAA has a bank of silica safety resources that will help you protect your workers from overexposure, and help your companies comply with the standard. All the resources, including a worker safety training video, are available to members for free as a benefit of membership.  Direct links to the resources follow.

 

 

Commonwealth Plumbing Finds Viega Double Drop Elbows Are Perfect Fit for Historic Building

While renovating a historic building, Commonwealth Plumbing found that Viega’s double drop elbows were the best solution for accommodating new bathroom sinks in a tight space with limited design options. By using pressed fittings, Commonwealth not only saved time on installation but also avoided soldering in an old building with a lot of wood.

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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.

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MCAA Member Builds the Largest Construction Project of its Kind Ever Attempted in the U.S. – You Must Watch this Video!

HRSGDurr Mechanical Construction and its joint venture partner Megrant recently wrapped construction on the largest prefabricated Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) ever built in the U.S. Union built under the National Maintenance Agreement in Coeymans, New York, the HRSG was floated by barge down the Hudson River to its destination in Sewaren, New Jersey, where it will be installed at a new combined-cycle power plant.

Durr HRSG Passing Under a Bridge

The HRSG is the heart of the power generation process. This unit stands 140 feet tall, 70 feet wide, over 110 feet long, and weighs approximately 4,000 tons. Components for the HRSG came in ten 600,000-pound C-Frames along with all its piping, casing, drums, cat walks and accessories. Over seven months, the C-Frames were assembled, welded together, drums installed and dressed out with piping, valves, instruments, platforms and accessories. The penthouse was separate to allow for sufficient clearance under the Hudson River bridges.

At an average speed of 4.4 knots (5 MPH), the one and one-half day trip down the Hudson River was uneventful and it arrived at Sewaren on schedule. What wasn’t expected with the extensive public and news organization interest as the HRSG travelled down the Hudson. Durr received a constant stream of videos, photos, and comments as it made its way south.

Last Chance to Register for MCAA’s Technology Conference

This week is your last chance to register for the MCAA Technology Conference. The conference provides insight on new tools, processes and software that even the most established contractors are having a hard time keeping up with.

This year’s event addresses challenges for your entire team. It was designed for all areas of your company that work with technology. General sessions are combined with in-depth breakout and roundtables to allow for a dive deep for specific users:

  • For BIM experts, we have sessions on keeping BIM costs in check, optimizing productivity and learning about the next generation of tools.
  • For service contractors, we have a full slate of breakout sessions on the hardware and software being used today by service contractors.
  • IT managers will find incredible insight from Nick Espinosa on cyber security threats from a hacker’s point of view. (Check out his video interview with BuiltWorlds)
  • Operations and management will learn how to sell technology to customers, hear about software designed for their use and understand what their IT team is asking them.

There are a lot of events each year, but this conference is the only one that is MEP focused with peers sharing ideas on the latest technology. Don’t miss this opportunity. Register now and I hope to see you in Austin this November 8-10.

BuiltWorlds Publishes a New Report on IoT Solutions

BuiltWorlds, one of the industry’s leading resources for technology related to the building industry, released a new report titled, The Internet of Things: connecting the job site like never before.  It details how internet devices are working in conjunction with new software, hardware and processes to make the construction process more efficient and connected.

The number of IoT devices continues to grow as smart buildings are creating the demand for new ways to monitor and track building systems.  The report states that the potential impact of IoT devices is could reach $6.2 trillion annually by 2025.

As an MCAA Technology partner, BuiltWorlds has provided the report free to all MCAA members.

42 MCAA Affiliated Associations Answer the Call for Help

The support of MCAA’s affiliated associations to our Disaster Relief Fund has been tremendous. A big THANK YOU goes out to the 42 that have contributed to date: MCA of Colorado, Western New York Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, MCA of Omaha, Mid-Atlantic MCA, ARCA/MCA, Northern California MCA, MCA of Connecticut, MCA of Chicago, MCA of Rockford, Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois MCA, MCA of Indiana, MCA Central Gulf Coast, MCA of Maryland, New England MCA, Mid-Michigan MCA, West Michigan MCA, MCA of Detroit, MCA of Eastern Missouri, MCA of Kansas City, MCA of Las Vegas, MCA of New Jersey, MCA of New York, MCA of the Capital District, MCA of Akron, MCA of Central Ohio, MCA of Cleveland, Lima Area MCA, MCA of Northwestern Ohio, PMCA of Oregon, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, MCA of Western Pennsylvania, MCA of Memphis, MCA of Dallas, MCA of Fort Worth, MCA of Houston, Utah MCA, MCA of Western Washington, MCA of North Central Wisconsin, MCA of Northwest Wisconsin, MCA of Ontario and MCA of Toronto. THANK YOU AGAIN!

Need to Teach Your Service Techs to Work Safely Around RF Radiation? This Video Can Help!

MCAA’s Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure and Protection Safety Training Video will teach your mechanical service technicians how to identify sources of RF radiation and protect themselves from overexposure.

Your techs will learn about:

  • Potential rooftop RF exposures
  • The best safe work practices
  • Other protective measures for situations where standard safe work practices may not provide enough protection

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 Even 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.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Featured in News!

MSCA made the News – with HOPE anything is POSSIBLE!

For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope worked together to assist a local charitable organization at MSCA’s annual education conference. This year, MSCA worked in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA CONNECT 2017.

Click the link below for the story!

Find the Latest from Uponor, Inc., Lifting Gear Hire Corporation 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:


Uponor ProPEX EP Opposing-port TeesUponor, Inc.

Uponor ProPEX® Engineered Polymer (EP) Opposing-port Tees – Ideal for use in hydronic heating and cooling riser applications, ProPEX EP opposing-port tees from Uponor reduce the number of required fittings by 75% and required connections by 60%.

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Lifting Gear Hire Corporation Virtual Trade ShowLifting Gear Hire Corporation
Hand chain hoists are available in 1-50 tons and are most ideal for shorter heights of lift. Electric chain hoists are available between 1-10 tons and can provide longer heights of lift. Air chain hoists are available between 0.5 to 60 tons and are lighter and require less headroom.

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

MSCA of New York Makes MCERF Contribution

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $2,500 contribution from the MSCA of New York, Inc. which raised it’s total contributions to $12,500.

“We are proud to support MCERF’s many efforts on behalf of our industry,” said Anthony Saporito, Executive Vice President of the MCA of New York. He added that, “…many of the members of our association benefit from the Foundation’s efforts and we want to support those efforts.”

MCERF President Mark Rogers thanked the MSCA of New York for their generous support of the Foundation.  Rogers urges everyone to find out more about MCERF’s programs and activities and to consider making a contribution.

Contact Dennis Langley for more information.

Looking for an MCAA Student Chapter Near You? Check Out MCAAGreatFutures.org!

Sure, MCAAGreatFutures.org connects you with the students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce. But do you know that it also provides an easy way for you to locate and connect with nearby student chapters?

Visit the Our Universities section of the site, one of our latest additions. There, you’ll find an interactive map that lets you filter the results to find universities near you. Or, skip the map to browse all of the universities with student chapters.

Each page provides a more detailed look at the university’s academic program, awards, and activities along with the basics, like contact information. In addition, each page highlights the resumes of the university’s students who are looking for their great futures.

So reach out and get in touch. You may just find the next star employee to ensure your company’s great future!

Check Out Our Universities

“I have never been more proud to be a plumber for a union contractor…”

MCAA is a family. Tragically, members of our family now need our help. Many of our MCAA and UA families had their lives turned upside down by the unbelievable tragedy named Harvey.

That’s why MCAA established the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund. THANK YOU to those MCAA-affiliated local associations, individuals and member companies, both contractors and manufacturer/suppliers, that have contributed to our Relief Fund.

Together, We are Making a Difference!

If you would like to make a contribution to our Fund you can easily do so via a check made out to the “MCAA Disaster Relief Fund.” Checks can be mailed to the attention of MCAA CEO John Gentille at the MCAA National Office, 1385 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

 

MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund at Work

ineteen plumbers, pipefitters, HVAC techs and office employees of MCAA member Graco Mechanical were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each received a $1,000 check from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund, thanks to the incredible generosity of MCAA’s affiliated associations, contractor, manufacturer and supplier members and many individual donors. We should ALL be proud of the good work we are doing to help our UA and MCAA family members whose lives have been turned upside down by Harvey. We are, together, indeed MCAA&UA STRONG!

Discover the Latest from DEWALT Industrial Tool Company, Delta Cooling Towers, 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:


DEWALT Cordless Brushless GrindersDEWALT Industrial Tool Company

DEWALT has launched a line of cordless brushless grinders, many of which are part of the Perform & Protect™ line of tools designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.

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Delta Cooling Towers - TM SeriesDelta Cooling Towers, Inc.
TM Series – capacity from 250 to 2000 cooling tons – Engineered plastic tower provides longer life – Low Maintenance – CTI Certified.

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

SPX Donates Cooling Tower to Steamfitters Trades School

When the Steamfitters UA Local 602 Mechanical Trades School needed equipment to use in its apprenticeship program, SPX Cooling Technologies donated a Marley® NC cooling tower, enabling the school to present students with a real-world environment. Instructors use the complete new cooling system to teach students how to troubleshoot and fix problems with HVAC systems.

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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

MSCA Social Media Survey Winners!

We Have Winners! 
Congrats to the 10 winners who won – just for completing the one minute Social Media Survey! Many thanks to all who responded to the survey for your valuable feedback!

 

$100 Amazon Gift Card Winners:
Michele Hoffman, MCA of Omaha, Inc.
Richard Cooke, ABM Building Solutions, LLC
Chris Rainwater, McKenney’s, Inc.
Ron Timmons, American Mechanical Services of Colorado, Inc
John Ferrucci, F & F Mechanical Enterprises

 

$50 Amazon Gift Card Winners:
Jodi Van Haren, Advantage Mechanical Refrigeration, Inc.
Steve Hayes, The Brandt Companies, LLC
Pattie Krippendorf, Mechanical, Inc.
Daniel Huelsenbeck, Wagner-Meinert, LLC
Roger Eineichner, Penta Technologies, Inc.

 

Winners: Please email Mia Yi, Director of Communications at myi@mcaa.org, to claim your prize!

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference App Now Available!

You can now download the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference App! 
Conference Attendees: Please download and install the conference app prior to the conference.
 

Just search MSCA 2017 through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android). Don’t forget to log into your app using your conference registered email  address and the password: MSCA2017 (no spaces) to have full access to the app, attendees and their contact information.
Quick App Guide:
    1. Install app
    2. Look for three dots in the upper right hand corner of the app for “LOG IN”
    3. Type your email address used to register for conference
    4. Type password: MSCA2017