The Mechanical Contractors Association of America will hold its 2011 Student Chapter Summit Oct. 6-8 in San Francisco.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America will hold its 2011 Student Chapter Summit - the association’s annual conference for future mechanical construction, mechanical service and plumbing industry professionals - Oct. 6-8 in San Francisco. The event is hosted this year by the Northern California MCA.

“The program features a variety of aspects of the industry to truly give our students a feel for their chosen careers,” said Brett Christiansen, chairman of MCAA’s Career Development Committee, a member of MCAA’s board of directors and president of Palmer-Christiansen Co.

Christiansen will preside over the educational sessions, which include featured speakers:

  • MCAA President Mark Rogers, who will discuss the mechanical contracting industry and the career paths it offers to soon-to-be professionals;

  • MCAA 2008 President Jack Wilhelmi, speaking about estimating projects;

  • Mechanical Service Contractors of America Vice Chairman Woody Woodall, addressing career opportunities in the HVAC service industry;

  • Representatives from the Greater Michigan MSCA Student Chapter at Ferris State University, MCAA’s 2010 Student Chapter of the Year, discussing the programs and services that made it No. 1;

  • Ken Durr of Durr Mechanical Construction and Prof. Keith Rahn from Illinois State University on general conditions; and

  • Don Russell of Tyco/Grinnell, John Brusa of NIBCO, Joe Pikus of Viega and Frank Schaetzke of Zurn Industries discussing the manufacturer/supplier side of the business.


Details of the 2011-2012 Student Chapter Competition will be announced. Last year’s competition drew a record 29 proposals. Prof. Tim Wentz of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will moderate a mini-competition to give students an opportunity to hone their skills for the big one.

Attendees will have the option to tour the University of California – Berkeley football stadium, which is undergoing a major renovation and reconstruction, thanks to Lescure Co. of Lafayette, Calif.

Additional events will include a dinner at Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, a San Francisco favorite, where participants will have a chance to network and discuss career plans; and a pre-Summit tour of the UA Local 342 Apprentice Training Facility in Concord, Calif. The tour will be followed by a dinner sponsored by EMCOR companies Marelich Mechanical Co. (Hayward, Calif.), Mesa Energy (Hayward,) and Performance Mechanical (Pittsburg, Calif.).

Registration, which is free to all MCAA members, is now open at www.mcaa.org/education. A full brochure with additional details will be released in August.

For more information about the Summit or MCAA’s Career Development Initiative, contact Ann Mattheis at 301/869-5800 or amattheis@mcaa.org.