Carnegie Mellon University
April 19, 2016

Creating Opportunities with New MCAA Chapter

Creating Opportunities with New MCAA Chapter Mechanical contractors can perform up to 40 percent of the work (by cost) on construction sites and are important players in major engineering projects, but most students don’t know much about the field.

Joe Dryer (MS ‘16) is establishing a student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), a trade organization composed of the companies in the construction industry that are involved in mechanical contracting. The student chapter would be able to involve students in site visits, informational seminars, and networking opportunities.

 “It’s a unique area because there are a lot of companies involved in mechanical contracting, but there aren’t a lot of students engaged in it,” says Dryer. “I’m excited for getting people to learn about the industry.”

The MCAA is not yet an established club at CMU, but Dryer and other students are taking steps to make it so. Dryer, along with Lisheng Cai (MS ’16), recently hosted their first event, an informational seminar, and invited mechanical contracting companies to CEE’s annual career fair.

“Mechanical contractors are looking to hire engineers, but they’re having a difficult time finding them,” says Professor Jim Thompson, the club’s faculty advisor. The MCAA will provide CEE students with opportunities to learn about mechanical contracting and to fill a need within the field.