Management Methods Bulletins

MCAA members can now access some of our most valuable publications on our new WebBook platform. You will be able to read Management Methods Bulletins and other resources, take notes, print sections, and share with colleagues. And most importantly, when we have updated content, unlike a downloaded pdf, our WebBooks can be instantly updated behind the scenes while your notes are preserved securely on your computer. Of course, we still have pdfs available at the links below.

Accounting and Finance

Credit Policy Criteria
Cash Flow
Tips to Help Contractors Manage Through an Economic Downturn
Service Markups vs. Construction Markups
Guide to Financial Statements
Other Direct Job Costs and Indirect Job Costs

Business Transition

Business Transition Options for the Mechanical ContractorNEW
Business Transition Options for the Mechanical Contractor PodcastNEW

Change Orders

How to Identify and Manage Change Orders
How to Organize and Submit a Claim
Time Impact Analysis – Measuring Project Delay
Integrated, Cooperative and Collaborative CPM Scheduling—
a Roadmap to Success
Concurrent DelayNEW

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.


Understanding and Managing Risks Associated with Consequential DamagesNEW
Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow – NEW
Contract Terms and Conditions
Understanding Manufacturers’ Warranties
Managing Killer Contract Clauses
Fixed Price Construction Contracts, Material Price Volatility and Contract Cost Adjustment Clauses
Enforceability of Contractual Fines/Penalties for Subcontractor Safety Violations
Recovery of Material Escalation Costs Arising From Steel and Aluminum TariffsNEW

Corporate Planning

Doing Business with a Customer in BankruptcyNEW
Things and Must Do’s to Protect/Secure Your Company’s Data
 – NEW
Getting Started on Making a Technology InvestmentNEW
Corporate Structure: Using Outside Advisors/Directors
The Management Audit: Peer Group Guidelines
Mechanical Contractor’s Guide to Crisis Management
Disaster Recovery: Getting Your Business Back in Operation After a Disaster
Fraud Prevention

Education and Training

Business Writing for Success


See WebLEM

Unit Pricing


Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop

Human Resources

How to Find, Hire, and Manage Student Interns
Avoiding Potential Liability from Employees’ Use of Company Vehicles
Guidelines to Using Social Media in Your Business
Employee Reviews
Retention of Professional StaffNEW

See also:

Guide to Human Resources Policies
Guide to Marketing Your Business


Insurance Punch List
Insurance for Catastrophes
Subrogation Can Spell Trouble
What are the Pros and Cons of OCIPs and CCIPs?
Subguard/Subcontractor Default Insurance
Builder’s Risk and Installation Floater Insurance

Job Management

Why Contractors Should Do LEAN – NEW
Team Management in Construction

Scheduling Best PracticesNEW
Pre-Job Conferences
Effects of Job Schedule Delays on Construction Costs
Working With Owners
Jobsite Coordination
Project Forecasting
Controlling Project Costs Caused by Third-Party Commissioning Agents
Temporary Usage of HVAC Equipment
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Minimizing the Risk of Poor Site Conditions
Design-Assist Project Delivery
Turnover Meetings: Estimating/Sales to Project Management
Value EngineeringNEW

Joint Ventures

Joint Ventures

Labor Relations

Labor Relations
United Association National Labor Agreement Summary and Comparison
Developing Improved Labor-Management Relations


Protecting Lien Rights
Purchases and Sales of Goods Under the Uniform Commercial Code
Truth in Lending – Consult with local counsel
Records Retention
Compliance with Antitrust Laws
Tax Requirements Applicable to Travel Reimbursements, Advances and Subsistence Allowances
Federal Prompt Payment Act
Contract Clauses
Liability of a Prime Contractor for Interference with a Subcontractor
Multi-Employer Defined Contribution Plans – Are You Liable for Another
Contractor’s Delinquency?

Management Innovation

Five S’s: The Road to Improvement
Managing Office Operations with PaperVault
Articulating Weld Boom
CNC Pipe Fabricator


Why Mechanical Contractors Should Furnish Equipment
Listening to Our Customers
Public Relations: An Important Marketing Tool for the Mechanical Contractor
Creating a Readable Corporate Newsletter

See also:

Guide to Marketing Your Business


How to Estimate the Impacts of Overtime on Labor Productivity
Shift Work Costs and its Effects on Productivity

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.


Maintaining Control of Labor Productivity
Factors Affecting Labor Productivity
Connecting the “Cause” and “Effect” in Loss of Productivity Claims
How to Use the MCAA Labor Factors
How to Apply the Measured Mile Method of Productivity Analysis
How to Estimate the Effects of Cumulative Impacts

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.


Purchasing for Profit
Purchase vs. Lease Considerations
FOB Terms
Why Mechanical Contractors Should Be Paid for Materials Stored On and Off the Jobsite
Credit Card PaymentsNEW


Company Safety Programs
Emergency Procedures
Safety and Productivity: Does Improving One Increase the Other?
Proactive Safety Approach

See also:

MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources


Suggested Subcontract Form
Indemnification Clauses
Comparison of Industry Standard Form Agreements Between GCs and Subcontractors


How To Set Up Tax-Wise Corporate Minutes
Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Preparing for a Sales Tax Audit
Estate Tax Planning and Succession


PDF Editing Utilization for the Mechanical Contractor – NEW
Bluetooth for Tool Management
Bring Your Own Device – Is It Right for Your Company?NEW
Laser Scanning
Electronic Tablet Use in Construction
BIM: What Is It and Is It Right for My Company?
The Next Generation of Data SecurityNEW

See also:

MCAA Technology Resources

Tools and Equipment

Contractor’s Equipment: A Guide to Better Security
Temporary Usage of HVAC Equipment
Vehicle Preventative Maintenance ProgramNEW

See also:

Tool and Equipment Rental Guide