MCAA sponsored the 2016 Construction Technology Report, produced by MCAA’s Technology partner, JBKnowledge. As part of our sponsorship, MCAA published an MCAA-Focused report that segments out responses given by MCAA members and compares them to the rest of the construction industry. With this new report, MCAA members can not only see how their companies compare to other MCAA members, but how our membership compares to the industry at large.
MCAA’s partnership with CFMA makes benchmarking data relevant to mechanical contractors available to all MCAA members. Members can compare their business performance against industry averages for 20 key financial ratios and other data.
Find out what more than 400 MCAA member companies already know — the MCAA FedEx Advantage® discount program can save you money! It’s free and easy to sign up. Download the flier for details and start saving today.
This report, which was prepared by MCAA Technology Committee member Britton Langdon, gives the pros and cons of the most applicable technology from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibit, which spanned 2.5 million square feet. It includes the latest in augmented reality, drones, cameras, sensors, mapping devices and scanners.
This fifth report in the Construction Technology Research Series was written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. Apps for safety professionals and foremen can help ease documentation. There is also a growing trend to use the data that is documented and apply analytics to identify root causes and trends. Predictive analytics can be used to predict higher chances of incidents happening. Both can be extremely powerful tools to help prevent accidents from occurring.
This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.
The Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers provides fabrication shop workers with critical safety information on everything from working safely with overhead and gantry cranes to preventing overexposure to manganese while performing hot work in the fab shop.
In the past, mechanical service technicians were required to have fall prevention or protection systems in place while servicing HVAC equipment on flat roofs, regardless of how far they were working from the roof’s edge. The revised rule now allows workers to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.
JB Knowledge, MCAA’s construction technology research partner, just released its fifth annual report on construction technology practices. This year’s report saw a record number of responses from respondents across the construction industry, with 700 MCAA members participating.
OSHA’s standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica requires employers using alternative exposure control methods to establish and regularly update a written exposure control plan, and MCAA has you covered. This model plan covers all the basics required to comply with OSHA’s standard and protect your workers.
This video provides you with the information you need to help your workers understand potential hazards from overexposure to respirable silica, identify the most common operations that can produce respirable silica dust, and implement safe work practices to prevent overexposure.
This pocket guide highlights key training points from MCAA’s Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Video.
This documentation sheet can be used to document who has received the training contained in MCAA’s Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Video.
Verify that workers are retaining key training points from MCAA’s Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Video with this answer key, designed to be used in conjunction with the Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Test.
Verify that workers are retaining key training points from MCAA’s Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Video with this test, designed to be used in conjunction with the Silica Safety for Mechanical Construction Workers Safety Training Test Answer Key.
In the fourth installment of the MCAA Construction Technology Research Series, our partners at JB Knowledge surveyed MSCA members on their technology practices and software needs for service operations before comparing 16 different software solutions. Free to members.
Designed to assist you in developing a human resources manual for your company, this publication reflects current trends and law on human resource management.
Members now have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.
On August 23, 2016, Josh Bone, the lead researcher for JB Knowledge on our third Construction Technology Research Report, joined Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology for a webinar that provided more explanation and detail on the project.
Why spend time gathering equipment rates when you don’t have to? This is a comprehensive, current guide to cost recovery for commonly used tools and equipment.
This video covers mandatory respiratory protection training requirements for workers using air-purifying respirators.
In this webinar, Josh Bone, the lead author of MCAA’s second Construction Technology Research Report on BIM, presents some insights from his research findings.
This second report in the Construction Technology Research Series was written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. BIM technologies in the area of construction and maintenance can expedite work, increase precision, and prevent mistakes.
MCAA has now released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report produced by JB Knowledge Labs on BIM to Field Software, free to members.
Verify that workers are retaining key training points from MCAA’s Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video with this test, designed to be used in conjunction with the Respiratory Protection Safety Training Test Answer Key.
Verify that workers are retaining key training points from MCAA’s Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video with this answer key, designed to be used in conjunction with the Respiratory Protection Safety Training Test.
This documentation sheet can be used to document who has received the training contained in MCAA’s Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video.
This pocket guide highlights key training points from MCAA’s Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video.
This webinar explores and compares the differences in products, software and processes that contractors will see when they begin to utilize 3D scanning technology.
Whether you’re establishing a new fab shop or looking to keep yours operating at peak performance, this bulletin provides tips to enhance your company’s productivity and profitability.
Whether you’ve been thinking about pre-fabrication or want to ensure that your pre-fab processes are using the latest technology and tooling, this guide can help. Fabrication can reduce labor costs, reduce onsite installation timelines, increase quality and reduce waste.
In the last of a four-part webinar series, ENERGY STAR, you will learn how to navigate the new and improved Portfolio Manager software. Recorded 9/10/13.
In the third of a four-part webinar series, ENERGY STAR, you will learn about the many ways you can generate external and internal recognition for your participation in the ENERGY STAR program. Recorded 6/19/13.
In the second of a four-part webinar series, ENERGY STAR, you will understand and feel confident about explaining the financial benefits of reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. Recorded 4/17/16.
The first of a four-part webinar series, ENERGY STAR, highlights the importance of compiling and entering accurate data into ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager to ensure the accuracy of your energy performance score. Recorded 2/20/13.
How can the GreenSTAR advantage add value and marketing smarts to your company’s business plan? To find out, view this enlightening webinar, which will provide you with important insights on the significance of being an MSCA GreenSTAR contractor. Recorded 1/30/13.
In the fifth of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will learn how to break down the barriers between divisions; develop incentives for cross-selling; train all staff on every service the company offers; and establish a cross-referral lead generation program. Recorded 10/30/12.
In the fourth of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will gain a better understanding of the technician’s role in sales; the pros and cons of hiring from outside/promoting from within; learn to identify best practices for transitioning technicians from field to sales; and attain guidelines for making technicians and field incentive programs effective. Recorded 8/22/12. Recording not available due to technical difficulties.
In the third of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will learn how to identify and define typical compensation terminology; understand selling behaviors and compensation theory; become familiar with different ways to pay salespeople such as salary, commission, and bonus plans; learn the differences in incentivizing projects versus maintenance; and attain a list of the Do’s and Don’ts for MSCA contractors. Recorded 6/20/12.
In the second of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will learn best practices to analyze and justify the reasons for adding new sales staff; identify ways to validate a candidate’s background, experience and potential fit; plan for the new hire’s arrival; develop a 90-day performance appraisal; how to discuss unsatisfactory performance – the right way and the wrong way; and know when and how to terminate. Recorded 4/18/12.
In the first of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will gain a better understanding of the required elements for an effective sales plan; how to forecast future sales; examine an actual sales plan case study; predict future revenue growth; integrate the sales plan with your compensation policies; and ensure sales plan success with proper training. Recorded 2/29/12.
In the last of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, you will learn how offering energy services can bolster your sales and help cement relationships with customers. You will also discover how to expand into plumbing service with minimal additional overhead or personnel. Plus, find out how to build a loyalty plan to secure commitment from existing customers. Recorded 12/3/14.
In the sixth of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, you will learn how to utilize existing or low-cost technology to answer customer demand for faster, more detailed information. In addition, how to make the best financial decision regarding whether to maintain or replace vehicles will be explored as well as strategies for streamlining office and overhead management. Recorded 10/22/14.
The fifth of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, will teach you how to implement a blended workforce to maximize labor resources, use the National Service & Maintenance Agreement as a tool to manage your labor force, and evaluate the profitability of an account. Recorded 9/10/14.
The fourth of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, will provide you with the skills you need to measure labor productivity and understand the value of labor mix and indirect burdens. You will learn the importance of engaging your entire service organization in understanding non-billable time and productivity. You will also discover how to get rid of timesheets to simplify your paperwork system and increase the profitability of your business. Recorded 5/21/14.
In the third of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, you will learn how to utilize scorecards to incentivize and motivate employees. Tips will also be revealed for instituting and communicating a clear, simple commission plan to motivate employees to increase sales. Hiring and termination recommendations will be reviewed. Recorded 4/9/14.
In the second of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, you will learn how to continually create an enjoyable customer experience to ensure a positive perception of your company and potential repeat business. You will also gain a better understanding of your customer relationships and reputation and how to best leverage those relationships. Recorded 2/26/14.
In the first of the seven-part webinar series, The Path to Higher Margins Is Not Business as Usual, you will learn the importance of good leadership to inspire employees, and taking risks and thinking strategically about the long-term goals of your company. You will also discover how to create a culture of accountability and optimism, and to communicate a clear and strategic vision. Recorded 1/29/14.
What separates the “good” team members from the “great” ones? What is it about that “star player” that makes him or her not just effective, but someone you want to retain as long as possible? In the last of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas discusses what some of those “great” qualities are, and what separates them from the “good.” He also recaps all six sessions to illustrate how all the concepts work together to form an effective team. Recorded 12/2/15.
In the fifth of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas does a deep dive into specific characteristics of effective teams that you can develop as a leader to make your team more effective. With so much information to share on this topic, this is a two-part session. Recorded 11/11/15.
In the fourth of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas discusses the make-up of a solid team foundation and how to achieve it from the ground up as well as how to rebuild it. Recorded 9/2/15.
In the third of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas reveals the four kinds of team players that come to work and how to clearly define what an effective team player looks like for your team. Recorded 6/3/15.
In the second of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas discusses what it means to be a “follow-able” leader; the four main qualities that people look for in a leader that also determine whether they will follow him or her; and practical applications. Recorded 4/1/15.
In the first of the six-part “The TEAM Thing” webinar series, Steve Thomas focuses on the desire of every leader to build a “team” within their organization, teaching what it truly is (and isn’t), and how to embody it as a team player and a leader. Recorded 2/11/15.
This webinar explored different levels of water metering, energy information systems that can be utilized for water savings, water audits and how they can be utilized for LEED points.
Join us to review the industry’s green market leaders, from healthcare, to data centers, and beyond to higher education, this webinar will highlight some of the most progressive building technologies and practices for sustainable design and construction.
I This webinar, co-hosted with Fiatech, provides a data-driven background into the behaviors and attributes that directly impact Change Readiness – the ability of an organization to successfully achieve innovation adoption.
In this webinar, review how voluntary green certifications are stacking up, or lagging behind, the recent developments in green building codes and standards.
This webinar walks contractors through five key workflows that have changed for mechanical and plumbing contractors.
In this webinar, learn about crisis-mode water conservation approaches – see how green buildings are responding and performing under this challenge.
In this webinar we discuss software solutions that enable different aspects of the fabrication process and address potential limitations.
This series of safety talks deliver basic information about the most common hazards mechanical service contractors face on the job and how to avoid them.
SDS BinderWorks, MCAA’s preferred safety data sheet service, helps reduce costs and time associated with SDS-related efforts, and it keeps the compliance process simple and convenient. It offers GHS-compliant SDSs online with flexible delivery options in digital and hardcopy formats. Contact Scot Stoltenberg at email@example.com, 877.433.7774, or 515.334.2619. MCAA members save 5 percent on any subscription plan.
OPUS allows the user to make dynamic combinations of pipe types, materials, applications and joinings. This free resource was developed by a task group of MCAA contractors and Manufacturer/Supplier Council members for those who are new to the industry, but all MCAA members are encouraged to use the system.
ConsensusDOCS, of which MCAA is a participating member, publishes a comprehensive library of some 100 form documents drafted in a co-equal consensus process. Save on your order using Discount Code: MCAA100.
Find practical management techniques in straightforward language in this manual designed for employees who are not IT specialists and for IT professionals with little or no experience in mechanical construction.
WebLEM is the industry’s most reliable authority for comprehensive labor units for typical project tasks. Quickly search for and retrieve information; export data into Microsoft Excel or CSV format for added flexibility. WebLEM is reviewed and updated to reflect the latest products and joining methods. You need a separate login to access this; please contact Nick Nikpourfard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This model guides you through establishing a program that minimizes risk to your employees and ensures your compliance with OSHA requirements. It makes development and implementation of such a program as easy and cost-effective as possible.
This publication presents 52 safety talks that are specific to pipe fabrication shops. Topics covered include: general fabrication shop safety, personal protection, respiratory hazards, material handling, welding/cutting/brazing, fire prevention and protection, power tools and specialized equipment used in fabrication shops.
Subcontractors’ contracts may include provisions that impose fines or penalties for subcontractors’ safety violations. MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released a Bulletin explaining how such provisions could impact a subcontractor and how best to avoid them.
This Safety Bulletin covers OSHA’s Standard on Hexavalent Chromium, which is also referred to as Chromium (VI). Mechanical industry workers who are welding or torch cutting on stainless steel with inadequate ventilation can be overexposed to this heavy metal, putting them at increased risk of developing lung cancer.
OSHA’s final rule on Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment makes employers responsible for providing PPE for their workers to improve safety.
Keep your data private after an IT breach. Three types of cyber threats have been on the rise in business; each requires your leadership skills to help your company avoid them or emerge unscathed. Find out what you can do as an executive to protect your company if your website is hacked and defaced, if your files are held for ransom or if your Data Center goes offline with no estimate for restoration.
In the last of the six-part webinar series, Building the Ultimate Sales Team, you will learn how to analyze the status of your company’s sales culture, identify characteristics of a great leader, tell the difference between leadership vs. management and develop a personal action plan. Recorded 12/05/12.