MCAA Student Chapters Honored During 114th Convention

Several student chapters affiliated with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America were recognized during the association’s 114th convention in Palm Desert, CA March 2-6. For example, the results of MCAA’s student competition were announced. For this competition, chapter teams put together proposals to an owner to design a family athletic facility located in Lincoln, NE. The project resulted from a cooperative venture between MCAA and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which adopted the project for its design competition. ASHRAE then made the project available to MCAA, and information was added to enhance the project’s challenges. Four teams (Ferris State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona) presented their proposals during the convention. The winning team—from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona—received a cash prize of $5,000. The runner-up—from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln—received a prize of $2,500. In addition, Ferris State University was presented with MCAA’s 2002 Student Chapter of the Year Award. The Greater Michigan MSCA Student Chapter at Ferris State University was selected by MCAA’s Career Development Committee on the basis of several criteria, including how well the chapter promotes student interest in the HVAC industry and the career opportunities the industry offers. Finally, MCAA presented charters to eight new student chapters: • Eastern Constructors Student Chapter of Eastern Michigan University • Illinois State University Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Association • MCAA Student Chapter at Boise State University • MCAA Student Chapter at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona • MCAA Student Chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University • MCAA Student Chapter at the Milwaukee School of Engineering • University of Wisconsin—Stout Student Construction Association • Washington State University MCA Student Chapter Since 1998, MCAA has conducted a Career Development Initiative to prepare for the future by attracting the best and brightest young people into the HVAC industry. The addition of these eight chapters brings the number of MCAA student chapters to 24.

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