The second day of the GreatFutures Forum continued with a variety of education sessions focused on teamwork and discussions. Sessions covered everything from communication tips to chapter successes, a mini competition and roundtable discussions that answered students’ questions about careers in the industry.
From the day’s opening video to remarks from MCAA President Greg Fuller, students learned about the opportunities the mechanical industry offers for their great futures.
Students attending MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum got a first-hand look at what it’s really like to be a mechanical contractor thanks to “Ted: A Day in the Life.” The video follows Ted McHugh of West Chester Mechanical Contractors in Aston, PA through a typical workday. In addition to highlighting the daily demands associated with keeping a project on time and within budget, it showcases how a great future is achievable in the mechanical industry.
MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum kicked off with the Futures Fest career fair. The first-ever such event was a huge success. Representatives from almost 40 participating MCAA member companies were on hand to connect with hundreds of students about employment and internship opportunities. Cole Zeiler found his great future with HMH Contractors, Inc. and Kenneth Bankard found his with F.E. Moran, Inc. Congratulations to MCAA members and students alike!
MCAA’s career-related website has a new look and new features. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to connecting our members with the students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce.
The MCAA and the UA have teamed up to provide additional financial relief to 356 field and office employees of our South Texas member companies who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each employee is receiving a $500 relief check, with $250 coming from the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and $250 coming from the UA’s Charitable Trust. This is in addition to the $1,000 relief check each employee already received from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. This joint relief effort is another example of the UA/MCAA partnership, and what that partnership can do to benefit members of our UA/MCAA family in times of need.
The sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series provides an introduction to layout systems. It is also a valuable evaluation tool for those who are considering an upgrade to their existing system. Thanks to a partnership with JBKLabs, MCAA members enjoy access to this series of cutting-edge research reports and companion webinars.
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One thing we love to do here on the MCAA GreatFutures website is pass along great ideas when we get them…especially when we get those ideas from our student chapters! This one from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University is indeed a good one and, frankly, just sounds like a lot of fun as well.
We’re headed to San Antonio’s Hill Country! So save the dates for next year’s convention, March 25-29, 2018. We promise it’ll be a Texas-sized experience!
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, received an MCERF Chapter of Excellence Grant which consists of $2,500 to assist the school’s already excellent program to sustain its efforts, and the remaining $5,000 is given in custodianship to the chapter’s faculty advisor to given as student scholarship to the students he or she deems most deserving and/or in need.
Complexity and congestion of spaces with MEP can be major obstacles, cost drivers, and schedule shifters for all construction projects. While the shift to BIM has transformed the industry, MEP professionals have a significant challenge to coordinate projects that are becoming more and more complex.