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
  • Fundraisers 
  • Golf outings with MCA sponsoring association
  • Participation in MCA membership meetings
  • “Meet and Greet,” “Pizza n’ Pop” parties or other similar member recruiting events

2018-2019 MCAA Officers

President Ben Maust

Ben Maust - President

Vice President Jaremy Hernandez

Jaremy Hernandez - Vice President

Secretary Savannah Garcia

Savannah Garcia - Secretary

Treasurer Nathaniel Merrill

Nathaniel Merrill - Treasurer

2018-2019 MCAA Officers

2018-2019 MCAA Officers


The Illinois Valley Chapter of Mechanical Contractors has been busy over the past couple of years. In September 2016 ten students and two faculty members took the opportunity to tour a 54 story high-rise construction site in downtown Chicago. Clark Construction was the GC on the project and FE Moran, who provided us with the tour, was 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 the Spring of 2017 Zach Muscari, Noah Ristau, Noe Hernandez, and Justin Brabant attended the MCA National Convention in San Diego, California, meeting contractors from across the nation. Later in the Spring students attended an MCA Chicago Emerging Leaders event and toured a Power Construction jobsite.

Justin Brabant, Noe Hernandez, Noah Ristau, and Zach Muscari representing Bradey at the Mechanical Contractors National Convention.

Fun at the San Diego Zoo during the MCAA National Convention.

Chris Goray, Bradley Construction Alumni, giving students a tour of his jobsite at 625 W. Adams in Chicago.

In September 2017 twelve students attended the MCA Student Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, Ken Bankard received an internship offer from FE Moran. Through this event, another student, Peter Campbell, received an internship from Westchester Mechanical in Pennsylvania for Summer 2018.

FE Moran with their newest intern, Ken Bankard, at the MCA Student Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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