The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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

Faculty Education & Grants

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Colleges and universities continually struggle with providing a high quality education to students at a time when financial and other resources are dwindling.  Academic leaders have been forced to search for innovative ways to keep their programs viable.

One innovation is the Mechanical Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC), an alliance of academic institutions, industry associations, contractors, foundations and manufacturers. For several years and with resources provided almost entirely by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), MEAC has:

  • Provided a collaborative forum for academics to share concerns about the future of teaching construction management programs, ideas for addressing them and solutions that work;
  • Developed curriculum covering the basics of construction management (and made that curriculum available online at no cost to faculty or schools); and
  • Since 2005, sponsored Faculty Training Camps for faculty who teach or will teach mechanical systems, but who have minimal knowledge of the subject matter. 

For more information about MEAC, please contact Blake Wentz.


These grants encourage mechanical construction contractors, mechanical service contractors, plumbing contractors and/or those companies that supply products and services to the mechanical contracting industry to employ a faculty member during the summer months or otherwise on a part-time basis by subsidizing his/her salary with a Faculty Continuing Education Grant.

Suggested Areas of Assistance

  •     Provide project management, estimating, scheduling, and proposal preparation assistance.
  •     Develop specific case study(s) relevant to the sponsoring company.
  •     Develop and/or assist with training programs and materials.


Grant requests should be submitted to:

Harlee Gallo Mooney, MCAA Director of Career Development
1385 Piccard Drive | Rockville, MD 20850


June 1 annually

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MEAC in action.

Since 2005, the Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC) has planned, organized and implemented annual intensive educational forums for academics who teach mechanical systems and/or construction management courses at colleges and universities across the U.S.