Women in the Mechanical Industry News

MCA of Eastern Missouri Student Chapter Member Accepts Second Internship with SIEMENS

Kylie Nedelka, a mechanical engineering major from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has accepted a second summer internship with SIEMENS, a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Kylie found the opportunity at the 2018 GreatFutures Forum, where she met Kristin Junia, Program Manager at SIEMENS. Kylie said, “My experience was so great, that I have accepted a position as an engineering intern for this upcoming summer! I look forward to the new experiences to come!”

Kent State Graduate Reflects on Career Success, MCAA and MCA of Cleveland Involvement

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.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Stacy Zerr

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Kim Bassett and Charles Bacon Are Recognized for Their Commitment to Safety

Kim Bassett, President and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, and Charles A. Bacon, III, CEO of Limbach Facility Services, have been named to Safety+Health magazine’s list of 2020 CEOs Who “Get It.” This annual recognition is presented to safety leaders who go the extra mile to protect employees both on and off the job, as nominated by readers. “I do many things in my role as president and CEO,” Kim said, “but doing my best to keep our associates safe is by far the most important.”

Penn State University Student Finds Opportunities with MCAA

Molly Sizemore has accepted her second summer internship at Southland Industries, a member of the MCA of Metropolitan Washington. She is a member of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She said, “MCAA has definitely created a springboard for me into the mechanical contracting industry, and I’m very excited to continue this journey and get others involved.”

Celebrating the WiMI Mentorship Program

January is National Mentoring Month, which makes it the perfect time to be building the Women in the Mechanical Industry Mentor program.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Kristy Wolfe

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

MCA Eastern Missouri’s Student Chapter Member Finds Full-time Opportunity at Murphy Company

MCAA congratulates Paige Theby, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia, for graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and accepting a full-time position with Murphy Company. Paige reflects on her experiences and how MCAA, the MCA of Eastern Missouri, and her student chapter and internship experiences helped her find her GreatFuture!

USC Graduate Found Career Path with MCAA & CPMCA Support

Kathy Deng, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Southern California, a past MCAA student chapter member and a current Design Engineer at Murray Company reflects on her experiences in college and how MCAA and CPMCA helped guide her to her career path.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Kathy McCauley

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

WiMI Mentor Program Educates and Inspires Industry Women

The WiMI mentoring program provides a unique opportunity for young professional women in our industry to connect with a seasoned executive who can help foster mentee career development and leadership growth. The mentor will serve as an advisor and role model for the mentee.

Madelyn Conway Finds Her GreatFuture at BMWC

MCAA congratulates Madelyn Conway, a senior at Purdue University, for accepting a full-time position with BMWC Constructors, Inc. She will be working as a project engineer in their Indianapolis office following graduation in the spring. Madelyn said, “because of MCAA, MCA of Indiana, and the Purdue MCA Student Chapter, I have found my career!” Congratulations on finding your MCAA GreatFuture!

Hear from the First Female NFL Coach at MCAA2020

Dr. Jen Welter draws from her trailblazing journey to deliver memorable insights on the far-reaching benefits of being an authentic leader, focusing on one’s goals and cultivating a champion’s mindset. With stories drawn from her experiences on and off the field, Welter inspires and enlightens audiences with insights on breaking barriers, achieving what others say is impossible and the true value of diverse teams. The first female coach in NFL history, Welter serves as a powerful role model and an inspiring reminder that barriers are meant to be broken. This session is sponsored by Women in the Mechanical Industry. Find other WiMI-sponsored events planned for MCAA2020 and learn more about Welter on our convention website.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Jody Ralston

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

MCAMW Establishes Local WiMI Program

Inspired by the 2019 MCAA WiMI Conference in June, the MCA of Metropolitan Washington (MCAMW) is establishing a local program that will allow women in the mechanical contracting industry to come together, network, and share common goals to help each other succeed.

WiMI Mentor Program Off to a Great Start

WiMI launched the Mentor Program last week and we have received a strong response! There’s still time to volunteer as a Mentor.

Angie Simon Is SMACNA’s First Female President

Congratulations to SMACNA President Angie Simon! MCAA and WiMI are proud of your accomplishment and all your work supporting women’s involvement in the industry.

MCAA and WiMI Partner with the UA at Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference

Representatives from MCAA and its Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) initiative joined the UA at the 2019 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference (formerly Women Build Nations) for the second year. The event, which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 4-6, 2019, was sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Stacy Johnson

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Shaabini Alford

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Renee Fiorelli

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

WiMI Has Arrived!

The first annual WiMI conference was held on June 24 – 26 in Chicago, Illinois.  The conference was a huge success with over 160 women leaders from member companies in attendance.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Tauhira Hoossainy

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Ashley Martin Is ASA’s Woman of the Year

Ashley Martin of NIBCO INC., a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Governing Board, received the first annual Alice A. Martin Woman of the Year Award from the American Supply Association.  The award recognizes women who have a record of significant accomplishment within the industry and who embody the character of the late Alice Martin: Embracing education and encouraging inventive ideas; promoting women within our industry; inspiring others through her work and example; and being a bold leader that others emulate.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Madelyn Conway

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

WiMI Conference is Sold Out

MCAA and MSCA are hosting our first Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference this summer, bringing together women leaders from across the country. The conference will be held June 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All women employed by an MSCA or MCAA member company are encouraged to join us for this unique opportunity.  The program will feature several exceptional speakers, including Nicole Malachowski, who was recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The conference line-up is sure to inspire you to dream big and hone your skills to enable you to become better leaders and role models. The conference is officially sold out.

Share of Women Working in Construction Highest in 20 Years

According to an article published by Contracting Business, between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 percent, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000). While this growth is the highest in over two decades, women still remain underrepresented in the field.

WiMI Minute – Meet the Women of WiMI: Kori Gormley-Huppert

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Ferguson and DEWALT Show Their Support for the WiMI Initiative

Ferguson and DEWALT showed their support for MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative during MCAA19. Ferguson underwrote two $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships that recognized high-achieving female students working towards degrees related to our industry. DEWALT collected more than 1,500 signatures in support of the WiMI Initiative and donated $7,500 to WiMI’s efforts.

Katty Kay Provides Key to Raising Confident Girls

During MCAA19, WiMI-sponsored special guest speaker Katty Kay helped the audience understand how confidence is more important than competence in achieving success. Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America, is the co-author of The Confidence Code and The Confidence Code for Girls. Her empowering, entertaining presentation provided attendees with the keys to ensuring their daughters grew up confident, bold, and brave. She inspired women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice and explained ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off.

WiMI Networking Reception at MCAA Convention Well Attended

Over 120 MCAA/MSCA women executives, manufacturer-supplier representatives, local association executives and students got together for a networking reception during the recent MCAA19 convention in Phoenix, AZ. WiMI chair Kori Gormley-Huppert kicked off the event by welcoming all the women and updating them on WiMI activities over the past year. WiMI committee members were introduced and the two Ferguson-WiMI scholarship winners congratulated. The attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends, share ideas and challenges and foster new networks of contacts.

Lindsey Stasi and Madelyn Conway Received Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships at MCAA19

Lindsey Stasi, a sophomore at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Madelyn Conway, a junior at Purdue University, received $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. For the first time, Ferguson is underwriting these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. To mark this new partnership, the scholarships were presented by Todd Young, Vice President, Commercial Business at Ferguson and Kori Gormley Huppert, Chair of Women in the Mechanical Industry.

WiMI Made a Show at MCAA19

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry had a strong presence at this year’s MCAA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ March 3-7, 2019. Check out the list of activities that were available to participants.

Women Leaders Shape the Future of Women in the Mechanical Industry

Twenty-five of MCAA/MSCA’s top women leaders and manufacturer-supplier executives met this week in Arizona to shape the future of Women in the Mechanical Industry. Excitement was evident throughout the event as the attendees shared challenges and inspiring stories of success and accomplishments in their own businesses. Through brainstorming and strategic sessions, the attendees discussed an array of programming options to help women in the industry advance their careers, network, share resources and mentor young women entering the industry. Attendees left the event with a renewed sense of community and a new network of peers. Stay tuned for additional information about WiMI events and programs for the coming year.

Know Your MCERF Board Members – Professor Kristy Wolfe

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

Introducing the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Page

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative has a new home on the MCAA website! If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company, this page will keep you up to date on our efforts 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.

Contractor Magazine Features Organizations that Empower Women

An article in Contractor Magazine featured organizations that support women in our industry, including MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative!

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.

A New Way for Women Professionals to Connect at MCAA & MSCA

MCAA and MSCA have a new and free benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies. Our new forum will 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. We kicked things off at MCAA18 and the networking continues at MSCA18. Keep an eye on mcaa.org for more information…coming soon!

MSCA Appoints First Female Chair of MSCA Board of Managers

One of the highlights of MSCA CONNECT 2017 was the appointment of Jaimi Lomas as the first female chair of the MSCA Board of Managers.

Check Out the UA’s Great New Video on Women in the UA!

Of Interest...

It’s all about relationship building at MCAA. Our Manufacturer/Supplier Council members are members of our association and participate in many events. Their
executives build deep and lasting relationships with many of our contractor members. So, look for them throughout MCAA2020, not just at the exhibit, and at many of our other events throughout the year. Take the time to get to know them and learn how they can help you significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

Milwaukee Tools has recently focused their product development on a new set of heavy equipment systems focusing on trade concerns.

Turn Your Field Personnel Into Leaders with Help from the Field Leaders Conference

Want to turn your field personnel into leaders? Then register them for the May 13-15 Field Leaders Conference in Kansas City. This 3-day conference offers them a chance to learn from peers around the country as well as from MCAA’s seasoned roster of instructors – many having been in their shoes! If you’re still unsure if this program would be beneficial to you and your company, all you need to do is check out this video…

Kylie Nedelka, a mechanical engineering major from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has accepted a second summer internship with SIEMENS, a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Kylie found the opportunity at the 2018 GreatFutures Forum, where she met Kristin Junia, Program Manager at SIEMENS. Kylie said, “My experience was so great, that I have accepted a position as an engineering intern for this upcoming summer! I look forward to the new experiences to come!”

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

The MSCA Sales Masters program is a highly customized, intensive nine-day program for intermediate to advanced HVACR and plumbing sales professionals looking to take their careers to the next level.

Find out whether your company is eligible for an MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation for its safety performance in 2019. The program provides awards for zero recordable cases, zero lost workday cases, recordable cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average, and lost workday cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average.

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!

A new Dodge Data & Analytics study on mechanical and HVAC contractors using BIM shows that most mechanical contractors that use BIM experience benefits such as improved cost and schedule performance, lower labor costs and greater productivity. MCAA partnered with Dodge to produce the report, which includes input from many MCAA members.

Registration for MCAA’s 2020 Fabrication Conference is open with Baker Group of Des Moines, Iowa set to host MCAA contractors through their new facility.

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.

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