The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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

Research and Association Partners

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The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) was created by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) to develop resources for the mechanical contracting and service industry that would otherwise not be possible through the association. MCAA continues to support MCERF in a variety of ways through administrative staff support, financial support, and resource contributions.

The Foundation works closely with partner associations that provide vital contributions to MCERF projects.

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Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.

Electri International (Foundation of NECA)

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction was established in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the voice of the $100 billion electrical construction industry responsible for lighting, power, communication and low-voltage, energy efficient and sustainable systems in buildings and communities across the United States.  ELECTRI International works to help electrical contractors meet today's demands and tomorrow's challenges by funding, conducting, coordinating and transforming research results into meaningful, useful educational and consulting programs. On the international scene, the Foundation conducts seminars, briefings and studies on cross-border relationships to encourage business and cultural exchanges among contractors.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America

Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA)

MSCA is the leading national trade association for HVACR contractors, providing education, marketing and labor/management services to assure its members deliver quality performance, value and expertise for all building system needs. MSCA contractors perform service, maintenance, replacement, retrofit and repair work resulting in enhanced reliability, tenant satisfaction, and efficiency. MSCA’s contractor qualifications program, MSCA STAR, recognizes contractors that have met the highest standards of excellence in the industry and employ highly-skilled UA STAR certified technicians. MSCA has over 1,200 members and is a subsidiary of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.

National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau

National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB)

The National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPEB) engages in research and educational work that will assist contractors in furnishing safe and dependable installations through the use of qualified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs) and qualified welders.  It keeps contractors informed of the latest methods, information and data on welding, safety and health.  Its mission is to promote, develop the use of and generally maintain the quality of welding in the piping industry.

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National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

NECA is the voice of the electrical construction industry. NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

New Horizons Foundation (Foundation of SMACNA)

The New Horizons mission statement is:  We do everything we can to turn good ideas into solid research that will help give HVAC and sheet metal contractors a chance to grow as positive, knowledgeable partners in the construction process. For more than a decade, we have worked together to develop a cutting-edge research and education portfolio that is making this industry stronger, more efficient and more profitable.

Plastic Pipe Foundation

Plastic Pipe Foundation

The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is a North American trade association comprised of member companies that manufacture plastic piping, fittings and solvent cements for plumbing and related applications, or supply raw materials, ingredients or machinery for the manufacturing process.

Plumbing Contractors of America

Plumbing Contractors of America (PCA)

The Plumbing Contractors of America (PCA) gives you the tools you need to develop or enhance these skills. As part of your MCAA membership, the PCA provides you with education and information you can use to compete in today’s changing environment.  The PCA represents the interests of union plumbing contractors on a national level. In addition to lobbying, the PCA works with other industry groups and associations. Members of the PCA sit on the Board of Directors for  IAPMO, work directly with the UA, ASSE, ASPE and the World Plumbing Council.


Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA)

SMACNA's mission is to provide products, services, and representation to enhance members' businesses, markets, and profitability. Located in headquarters outside Washington, D.C., the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA), an international association of union contractors, has 1,834 members in 103 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil.