The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) established the Student Chapter program to attract well-educated and qualified young people to the mechanical, service, and plumbing contracting industry. The chapter program may be considered an educational extension for student members who are majoring in construction education, mechanical engineering, architectural engineering and other similar disciplines relating to the mechanical construction and service industry.
Students develop skills in the represented fields through chapter activities, which they plan and implement, and/or
through special events and projects made available to them through MCAA.
The MCAA-provided activities include:
- The annual Student Chapter Competition
- The annual Student Chapter Summit
- Student Activities at MCAA’s Annual Convention
At the chapter level, students have numerous opportunities to develop a variety of professional
skills through projects and activities of their own determination. These may include:
- Participation in the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition
- Field trips to project sites, mechanical systems installations, etc.
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- Habitat for Humanity projects
- Chapter meetings
- Arranging for guest speakers
- Golf outings with MCA sponsoring association
- Participation in MCA membership meetings
- “Meet and Greet,” “Pizza n’ Pop” parties or other similar member recruiting events
Jake Luna - President
Peter Schmeling - Vice-President
Cale George - Secretary
Cody LaBeck - Treasurer
2014-2015 MCAA Officers
In the Fall of 2014 the MCAA student chapter coordinated for 14 students to tour the Selvaggio Steel fabrication shop in Springfield, Illinois, followed by a tour of the O'Shea Builders Memorial Hospital project site. At Selvaggio students were able to see how a steel fabrication shop functions and the amazing equipment used in this process. At O'Shea students witnessed prefabricated MEP racks and saw many other aspects of construction from metal framing to curtain wall construction.
In January the four MCAA student chapter officers (Jake Luna, Peter Schmeling, Cale George, and Cody LaBeck) attended the Regional Business Meeting for MCAA Chicago. At the dinner students were able to mingle with mechanical professionals from the Chicago area and heard a message from the national MCAA President . The highlight of the evening was Jake Luna winning the Herb Kreisman scholarship.
In February MCAA hosted a guest speaker, Greg Hester, from Northwest Mechanical out of Davenport, Iowa. Greg spoke to students about opportunities in the mechanical field and construction in general. Greg also gave the students helpful interviewing tips. The students commented that he was one of the best speakers they'd ever seen.
Look for an update in late March as four students will be attending the MCAA National Convention in Hawaii the second week of March!