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.
- MCA Chicago Emerging Leaders events
- 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
Justin Brabant - President
Matthew Monroe - Vice President
Noah Ristau - Secretary
Zachary Muscari - Treasurer
Brian Fiedler - Project Coordinator
2016-2017 MCAA Officers
The Illinois Valley Chapter of Mechanical Contractors has been busy over the past couple of years. In the Spring of 2016 Anthony Williams, Peter Kozel, Brian Ivancich, and Dan Moore attended the MCA National Convention in Orlando, Florida, meeting contractors from across the nation. Later in the Spring fifteen students toured the FE Moran Fabrication shop to learn the process of ductwork fabrication. We rounded out the Spring semester with a presentation from Kiersten Sheets, Energy Solutions Implementer from Ruyle Mechanical.
Bradley students with Mr. Bill Erickson, Bradley Alumni and past President of CJ Erickson Plumbing
Fall 2016 has not slowed down. In September ten students and two faculty members took the opportunity to tour a 54 story highrise construction site in downtown Chicago. Clark Construction is the GC on the project and FE Moran, who provided us with the tour, is the Mechanical Contractor. Students got to see firsthand the mechanical components of the building. Following the site tour the students and faculty attended a cruise at Navy Pier with the MCA Chicago Emerging Leaders group. Students were able to mingle with young professionals from the industry.
Bradley students on the Odyssey Boat Cruise at Navy Pier with Mike McCombie, President of FE Moran; Charlotte Flesher, VP of FE Moran; and Jill McCall, Executive VP of MCA Chicago
Students touring project site in Chicago, Illinois with FE Moran
In October Noah Ristau, Nader Abbed, Zach Muscari, and Noe Hernandez attended the MCAA Student Summit in Denver, Colorado. Students competed in a mini mechanical competition and heard from industry leaders about the latest technological advances emerging in the industry. Students also received the design competition that will be presented in March 2017 in San Diego, California during the MCA National Convention.
Noe Hernandez, Noah Ristaur, Nader Abbed, and Zach Muscari in Estes Park, Colorado