The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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

Student Chapters & Chapter Grants

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HISTORY: Since 1998, MCAA's Student Chapter Program, a national network of chapters in colleges and universities, has introduced interested students to the career opportunities and benefits that are available through the mechanical contracting industry.  Generous funding from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) helps student chapter members augment their education and professional development through:

  • MCAA's GreatFutures Forum is the place where contractors and students come together for the best employment opportunities. It's where the serious business of pursuing a great future in the mechanical contracting industry comes face to face with the serious fun of meeting new people and future employers and employees!
  • The Student Chapter Competition, which challenges chapters to prepare a bid package for a real mechanical construction project for cash prizes and industry-wide recognition.
  • MCAA's annual convention, which enables students to showcase their talents, skills, and credentials for contractors who might later serve as mentors or employers.

CHAPTER GRANTS: Grants help fund MCAA student chapter operations and scholarships and faculty advisors’ summer employment with MCAA contractor members.  All the grants are funded by MCERF.  Please note: all applications for Chapter Grants are due annually by May 1.  Applications are to be completed only by the student chapter faculty advisor.

The student chapter grants are open to all chartered MCAA student chapters.  The Chapter of Excellence Grant is for well-established and thriving chapters and provides $5,000 in scholarships and $2,500 for chapter operations—projects, field trips, travel to the Student Chapter Summit and/or the MCAA convention, fundraising events.  The Emerging Chapter Grant is for new or rebuilding chapters and provides $3,000 for chapter operations and/or student scholarships.  

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Professor Blake Wentz is Educator of the Year.

Each year, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) honors and rewards an MCAA Student Chapter faculty advisor for exceptional performance as an educator, mentor and career guide for student chapter members.

Sacramento State students at MCAA convention.

With the additional funding provided by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), MCAA chapter grants help student chapters cover the costs of special projects, participation in the Student Chapter Competition, field trips, and/or travel to the Summit and the MCAA annual convention.