Student Activities

Student Chapter Registration

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Students and faculty will have their own registration desk near Orientation. Schools arriving on Saturday may pop over to the Sports Desk for on-site Fun Run, Tennis and Pickleball registration. 

Student Chapter Orientation

Sunday, March 26, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Viega

Students and faculty will review program highlights and logistics, as well as hear from Student Chapter alumni (Shaabini Alford, Alexis Brown and Sarabeth Gandara) on tips and tricks to make the most of every minute of the Convention experience. Orientation will conclude with a new peer-to-peer networking game (with prizes). 

Student Chapter Alumni Reception

Sunday, March 26, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Did you know our first student chapter was chartered in 1993?  MCAA Student Chapter Alumni from the past 30 years (1993-2023) are invited to grab a beverage, strike up a conversation about ways to support current students in your local area, and meet fellow Alumni during the inaugural MCAA Student Chapter Alumni Reception.  

Student Chapter President’s Lunch & Meeting

Monday, March 27, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Two leadership representatives from each chapter are encouraged to attend and share ideas to assist MCAA’s Career Development Committee in planning relevant educational sessions at Convention and the GreatFutures Forum, as well as give feedback on areas of needed support to elevate both your local and national student chapter experience. 

Student Chapter ‘Hire Me’ Corner at the Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Student chapter members looking for internships, co-ops, or full-time positions will be wearing “Hire Me” pins throughout MCAA23. Three tables will be set-up in the Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit with students eager to learn about employment opportunities at your company. The tables will be split geographically by West, Central and East. Make your way over to the area that best represents your company and find your next great hire!

Student Chapter Competition

Tuesday, March 28, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Witness emerging leaders of the mechanical contracting industry compete in the Annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition. Four teams will compete for the first-place prize of $10,000. These accomplished students have already secured their Final Four spot by submitting a written proposal that rose to the top of 20+ chapter submissions for a real-world project bid (contributed by U.S. Engineering of Westminster, CO).

Students will display their impressive presentation skills and insightful knowledge of mechanical systems as they take the stage for Round 2 of the competition. Following their formal presentation, the teams will be put on the spot for a LIVE round of Q&A from the judges.

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote for the MVP – Most Valuable Presenter.

Who’s Your Batman? Networking Lunch

Wednesday, March 29, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Viega

When you think of Batman, who comes to mind? (Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Lego Batman, Ben Affleck or Robert Pattinson). Whether you relate to the BAM – POW era of Batman, remember an Icy former California Governor, or just had your first Riddler experience with the PatBat, we need to hear from all generations during this interactive lunch and networking session with our student chapter members.   

John Koontz will moderate a Q&A segment about jobsite logistics with a real-life Batman and Robin Team, also known as a foreman (Dave Hosnedl) and project manager (Andrew Palcan). Open discussion will follow for a collection of concepts and best practices to ensure everyone working on your team has the proper tools and mindset for who should actually be driving your company’s Batmobile.

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