MCAA student chapter members have been challenged to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse. The project, which was provided by Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, was announced during MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis. Members of MCAA’s Career Development Committee will review the teams’ proposals and select the “final four” to present their proposals at the MCAA 2018 convention in San Antonio in March.
Networking and hiring were the hallmarks of the GreatFutures Forum, but the real story is the scores of interviews that will be happening post-Forum at MCAA member offices around the country for both full-time and internship positions.
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.
Mechanical contracting is preparing to unleash a virtual torrent of new technologies. New hires entering mechanical contracting positions are coming into an industry that is on the razor-sharp cusp of disruption.
MCAA’s Resource Center enhances your education with a wealth of information written by contractors, for contractors. As a member of an MCAA student chapter, this information is available to you free with one click! Here are just a few examples of what you’ll find there:
Does the thought of writing a cover letter make you cringe? Do you stare at the blank screen not knowing where to start, or even worse just send the same letter to every company because “it’s easier”? You’re missing out on a huge opportunity! Your cover letter is often a hiring manager’s first impression of you. Make it count with these tips.
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.
Whether you’re doing research to prepare for Futures Fest or just curious about what mechanical contractors do, don’t miss the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of MCAA.org.