Hiring — Looking — Scholarships


If sitting in a cubicle or an office all day is simply not you, consider a career in construction.
If you enjoy working with your hands and mind, consider a career in construction.
If you like working in a team environment, consider a career in construction.
If you are interested in working in an industry that allows you to earn while you learn, consider a career in construction.
If working in a profession with above average earnings and benefits that supports millions of Americans sounds intriguing, consider a career in construction.


It’s not a “construction job,” it’s a construction career.

About Us

MCA of Chicago is proud to invest in the future of our industry through involvement and collaboration with Chicagoland elementary, middle, high school and college students, including our MCAA Student Chapters at Illinois State University, Bradley University, Purdue University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. MCA of Chicago’s Career Development Committee is dedicated to building contractor and student relationships, introducing students to mechanical contracting in hands-on ways early on in their academic careers, and increasing opportunities for students to find a career in our industry.


Each year, MCA of Chicago and several of its member contractors sponsor scholarship programs for enrolled students working toward an undergraduate or associate’s degree in Industrial Technology, Construction Management, Engineering and other disciplines related to the Mechanical Construction and Service industry. At the January 16, 2018 Membership Meeting, 11 scholarships were awarded for a combined total of $23,000.


The winners were:

Herb Kreisman Scholarship Award–Funded by MCA of Chicago— $2,500—Riley Buol (Milwaukee School of Engineering)

Herb Kreisman Scholarship Award–Funded by MCA of Chicago— $2,500—Dakota Atkins (Indiana State University)

Herb Kreisman Scholarship Award–Funded by MCA of Chicago— $2,500—Roman Moroz (Bradley University)

Herb Kreisman Scholarship Award–Funded by MCA of Chicago— $2,500—Nathanael Russell (Purdue University)

James McCauley Scholarship Award–Funded by McCauley Mechanical Construction— $2,500—Jhoanna Sadural (Purdue University)

Owen Moran Scholarship Award–Funded by F.E. Moran, Inc.— $1,250—Tanner Weise (University of Wisconsin-Stout)

Owen Moran Scholarship Award–Funded by F.E. Moran, Inc.— $1,250—Anna Rowe (Milwaukee School of Engineering)

Richard J. Mooney Scholarship Award–Funded by Hayes Mechanical— $2,500—Aurora Delgado (Bradley University)

James B Hill Scholarship Award–Funded by The Hill Group— $1,250—Grant Orlowski (University of Illinois­—Urbana-Champaign)

James B Hill Scholarship Award–Funded byThe Hill Group— $1,250—Karolina Urban (University of Illinois­—Urbana-Champaign)

Harvey O. Miller Scholarship Award–Funded by Murphy & Miller, Inc.— $3,000—Sarah Hamilton (Illinois Institute of Technology)


Congrats to the winners!

Other Scholarships

MCAA Women in Mechanical Contracting Scholarship

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry has established a scholarship to recognize high- achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. One of the goals of Women in the Mechanical Industry is to help mentor female students interested in a career in our industry and make sure they understand the opportunities available to them.

The $5,000 scholarship will be presented to a worthy student(s), nominated by a faculty advisor of a chartered MCAA student chapter, who will be selected by the Women in the Mechanical Industry Steering Committee.

The scholarship winner(s) will be announced at the Awards of Excellence Breakfast, which takes place during the annual MCAA convention in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, March 28th. The winning nominee must be present at the ceremony to accept the award.


CISCO Scholarship Program

The Construction Industry Service Corporation is now accepting applications for it’s 2018 Scholarship program. All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 23, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Download the information sheet, or learn more online at CISCO.org.

Are You Hiring? 

Member companies looking to hire students for internships or future full-time positions can:        

      • Start the hiring process early. Many students land summer internships or jobs as early as the September before, so don’t wait until the last minute to recruit talent.
      • Get to know the students. Attend MCA Regular Business Meeting and events with student attendance, volunteer to have students tour your company to get hands-on look at the industry, attend a university career fair or fundraiser, and more. Contact Katelyn Youngblood to learn how your company can get involved and meet prospective talent.
      • Take advantage of MCAA and the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation’s Student Internship grants , which are available to companies hiring undergraduate interns.
      • Use this Form to create a position listing. MCA will send this to our affiliated student chapters.
Contact MCA Chapter Advisors directly and ask them for a student recommendation.

Are You Looking?

Are you a student looking for resources and opportunities in the Chicagoland area? Here’s how MCA of Chicago can help you:

  • Learn more the construction industry as a whole and figure out your path. Not sure why to choose the construction industry, or whether this is the right path for you?
  • Networking. A wide variety of networking events, particularly those planned by our young Emerging Leaders Section, provide an excellent opportunity to interact with and learn from people in the industry. Ask your advisor for information on the next upcoming student chapter event.
  • Hands-on education. MCA partners with our member companies to help you envision your career in the mechanical industry. You’ll learn more about what our contractors actually do by taking part in opportunities like touring Chicago high rises mid-construction, assembling sheet metal using shop tools, and more.
  • MCA of Chicago Student Scholarships. Nearly $20,000 in scholarships is awarded every year to qualified applicants from MCA Student Chapters. These November 27, 2017.
  • Job opportunities. Our members are constantly looking for the best talent to hire for internships and post-graduate hires. MCA events and contacts allow you to make connections, share your resume and find a job that you will love.