Education

SCI Special Contractor Institute

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Mission

To engage members in education that stimulates personal development and career advancement.

Vision

To be the industry leader in lifelong learning and community engagement.

Training Paths

Project Management

Coming Fall 2021!

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Coming Fall 2021!

Project Management

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Mechanical Service

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Mechanical Service

Leadership Access

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Leadership Access Institute 20/21 – Registration Closed

Leadership Access

National Education

Webinar #1: Safely Working Remote – Nick Espinosa

As COVID-19 is forcing companies around the world to change the way business is conducted, MCAA members need to prepare their businesses and be ready to operate differently. To help our members adapt their business operations and prepare for this rapidly evolving situation, MCAA will be hosting a series of quick-hitting webinars in the coming weeks­!

Kicking off the series on Thursday, March 19 MCAA’s cybersecurity expert Nick Espinosa provided an extensive presentation on ways to work remotely while protecting your company’s data. He discussed best practices for working offsite, including setting up a virtual private network (VPN) and making sure that a standard set of best practices are in place to protect your company’s digital assets.

Webinar #2: Continuity of Business Operations for Trade Contractors – Jeff Sample

Many organizations are struggling to handle the deluge of information during this troubling time. Knowledge is power, but deciding to act is a critical component for the survival of your business. Making business decisions and having a clear line of communication is crucial to keeping remote teams informed. The technology available for contractors of all sizes creates an opportunity to facilitate communication and maintain steady work where appropriate.

Learn about the tools available through your current platform and others being offered by technology companies free of charge to adapt to working remotely. In this time of crisis, leadership from all levels is critical. Join Jeff Sample, Director of Strategic Accounts for eSUB and ConTech Crew Co-host for an enlightening and open discussion.

Webinar #3: Shifting Work from the Jobsite – Jonathan Marsh, James Benham, Sean McGuire and Josh Bone

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing contractors to perform work in challenging new ways. This webinar will focus on two scenarios that will become more likely in the weeks ahead – forced remote work with no job site activity and one in which job sites might be shut down and fabrication facilities remain open.

We will discuss how to prepare staff to work remotely, what work can be prioritized to be done remotely and how to utilize fabrication space safely to keep projects progressing.

This panel will include Jonathan Marsh, MEP Innovation Lab; James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge; Sean McGuire, MCAA Director of Innovative Technologies; and Josh Bone, Director of Industry Innovation at NECA.

Webinar #4: Guidelines for COVID-19 to Help Protect Mechanical Industry Workers – Scott Hamilton

The UA, MCAA, ASSE and IAPMO have joined forces to bring our collective memberships information to be able to understand the risks of COVID-19 and show you the best ways to help prevent the spreading the virus among our pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, sprinklerfitters, steamfitters and apprentices. Evaluating the exposures, understanding the risks and learning the most appropriate protective measures will help prepare you to establish an effective plan. Plumbers Local 75 member, Senior Director at IAPMO and ASSE, Scott Hamilton, describes the best-known safe work practices for helping mechanical industry workers avoid exposure to COVID-19.

The recorded version will be made available shortly after the live webinar concludes at ua.orgmcaa.orgiapmo.org, and asse-plumbing.org.

Webinar #5: Implementing Paid Leave Requirements Under the New FFCRA – Michael P. Kreps and Katie Bjornstad Amin

The new Family First Coronavirus Response Act took effect April 1, 2020 and with it comes temporary requirements that will impact MCAA member companies who employ 500 or fewer employees. Katie Amin and Michael Kreps, both principals of Groom Law Group, along with John McNerney, MCAA general counsel, discuss which employers must adhere and who is eligible under the new act currently set to expire December 31, 2020.

National Education

Resources

Company-Wide Training

Company-Wide Training

COMING SOON

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn

COMING SOON

OUR FACULTY

Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin is the founder of The Service Factor, a Denver based corporate training company. She has been developing and delivering custom workshops for over 20 years with a special emphasis on Customer Service, Employee Engagement, and Effective Communication. Prior to opening The Service Factor, Lisa was a senior trainer for a large mutual fund company where she was instrumental at dealing with the challenges and frustrations faced in the fast changing business world. For the past eleven years she has been the lead trainer for elite HVAC companies across the country. She is a seasoned professional and her enthusiasm and energy make for a highly motivational and interactive workshop.

Lisa is certified by The Bob Pike Institute on Creative Training Techniques and is also a certified Telephone Doctor Customer Service Trainer. She is an active member of The Alliance of Professional Women, ASTD, and the local chapter of ICSA.

Lisa Austin Local Instructor

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes is President of C. Richard Barnes & Associates, LLC, a labor relations consulting firm which provides representation, dispute resolution services, dispute resolution systems design, workforce training and development and leadership coaching to a cross-section of industry, labor, private, public and service organizations, both nationally and internationally. Throughout both public and private sectors, Richard is an internationally recognized mediator, facilitator, skills trainer and speaker. He serves as the facilitator for the Construction Users Roundtable’s (CURT) Tripartite Initiative, an unprecedented forum of construction industry leaders from the owner’s community, national trade organizations and organized labor. In addition, Richard is routinely called upon as a mediator in multi-party commercial disputes. His esteemed career includes serving as Executive Director of the Center for the Workplace at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and as a Federal Mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Richard was appointed by President Clinton as the 14th Director of FMCS, and was then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, becoming the first career mediator in FMCS history to receive both the Presidential Appointment and Senate Confirmation – a testament to his vast experience in labor management relations, strategic negotiations and dispute resolution processes.

Richard Barnes National Instructor

Kurt Bocim

Kurt is the Director of Operations for Tolin Mechanical Systems based in Denver, CO. Kurt brings 34 years of management and leadership experience in the Mechanical Service industry in a wide array of disciplines including; service, project and facility management, service maintenance and project sales. Kurt has a passion for the union mechanical trades.

Kurt Bocim Local Instructor

Bob Brunson

Bob Brunson is currently the President of U.S. Engineering Metalworks, LLC and has been with U.S. Engineering Company for more than 40 years. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, Bob played various operational roles including project manager, chief estimator, regional vice president and chief operating officer. Through much of his career Bob has been directly involved in contract negotiations, risk management strategies and claims on mechanical construction projects of all types and sizes. Bob understands the critical need for arming procurement and operations personnel with a working knowledge of contract law and methods of avoiding litigation.

Bob Brunson Local Instructor

Dave Davia

Dave Davia is a passionate leader with a diverse background in public and private organizations. He has a strong track record of accomplishments in strategic partnerships, government relations, process development, coalition building, business and legislative analysis, collective bargaining, public policy and association management. Currently Dave serves as the executive vice president of the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors.

Dave Davia Local Instructor

Kevin Dougherty

Kevin has been a speaker in the construction industry for more than 20 years. He represents a changing industry — aggressive, realistic, and open-minded. Kevin’s work experiences and education enable him to
relate to today’s problems and provide tangible solutions in an easy-to-listen-to style. He has taught thousands of people in various seminars. His client base ranges from family-owned businesses to corporate conglomerates. In addition to speaking and writing articles, Kevin has served as a sales manager and corporate trainer for a multi-million-dollar mechanical contractor and specialty services contractor.

Kevin Dougherty National Instructor

Greg Friess

Greg Friess is a mechanical engineer and holds his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University. Greg brings 24 years of construction experience, ranging from sales, estimating, pre-construction, operations and project management. Most of his experience is related to work acquisition, working with contractors, owners, engineers and architects to provide solutions on large complex projects up to $180 million. Greg has led project teams, as well as estimating groups throughout his career – working in markets in Cleveland, Tampa and Denver.

Greg Friess Local Instructor

Leah Gutmann

Leah Gutmann, owner of First Forward Consulting, specializes in a wide variety of training, program development, and consulting services including communications, leadership, emotional intelligence, train-the-trainer, and finance. She has over 10 years of experience in the design, implementation and facilitation of educational programs, classes and seminars. Her 20-year career as a CFO and Finance Manager in the mechanical construction industry has given Leah the unique ability to offer training and consulting from a hands-on, in the trenches perspective. Leah has been involved in developing and delivering a wide variety of programs at all levels of an organization from executive level leaders to field employees and supervisors. Leah is a certified instructor for Fierce Conversations and Fierce Accountability & Feedback, Fierce Generations, and Fierce Negotiations. Leah also holds certifications for Training Program Design, DISC, Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership Acceleration (LEAP). Through these highly effective programs Leah has found ways to give practical communication and leadership tools to participants who can take what they have learned and immediately apply them on the job and in the field.

Leah Gutmann National Instructor

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

There was not a single session that I left feeling like my afternoon had been wasted. Every instructor made class enjoyable and worthwhile.

Project Management Level 1 Student
5/5

Through this workshop I have realized my many coaching conversation opportunities in my day to day work. I now have the tool set and road map to be able to have those more challenging conversations.

Fierce Conversations Workshop Student
5/5

This class is good because it involves all areas from the field – service, small projects and large projects. Very good topics and will be helpful for future projects.

Field Leader Level 1 Student
5/5