The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

provides a solid foundation for the growth and success of the mechanical contracting industry.


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The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation, or MCERF, is the non-profit foundation arm of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). 

MCERF was founded in 1989 by a number of industry visionaries, led and marshaled by Foster McCarl, Jr., McCarl’s, Inc. , Beaver Falls, PA.  These pioneers envisioned an organization that would identify and work to solve the mega-issues that confront the organized mechanical construction and service industry, challenges such as future workforce, productivity, and technology.

They wanted and worked to establish an institution that could lend both professional and neutral insights into these issues; one that could work fluidly across organizational and political boundaries.

MCERF continues to be the functional embodiment of this vision.