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, the MCA of Chicago and several of our member contractors sponsor scholarship programs for students enrolled in Industrial Technology, Construction Management, Engineering, and other disciplines related to the Mechanical Construction and Service industry. This year, a total of 11 scholarships were awarded for a combined total of $20,000, our highest amount ever to be awarded!

Scholarships were presented at the September 18, 2018 MCA of Chicago Scholarship Awards. Congratulations to our winners! View photos from the event here.

Applications for the 2019 Scholarship Awards will be available in May 2019. View details, deadlines and more information here.

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 Rebecca Lintow to learn how your company can get involved and meet prospective talent.
      • Use this Form to create a position listing. MCA will send this to our affiliated student chapters.
Contact MCAA Chapter Advisors directly and ask them for a student recommendation.
          • Randy Jacobs, Illinois State University (rdjacob3@ilstu.edu)
          • Kristy Wolfe, Bradley University (klwolfe@fsmail.bradley.edu)
        • Blake Wentz, Milwaukee School of Engineering (wentz@msoe.edu)

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 $30,000 in scholarships is awarded every year to qualified undergraduate applicants. The deadline to submit the 2019 Scholarship Awards Application has passedStay tuned for more information about our 2020 scholarships.
  • 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.