Our goal is to provide truly exceptional and quality programming, and we won’t be satisfied until you are.


The nationally-recognized Construction Education InstituteⓇ was founded in 1997 by MCA of Chicago and the Piping Education Council (PEC) to provide quality educational offerings for the industry. One major genesis for the founding of CEI came from a national study on union contractor productivity. It showed that 1.) union contractors were overly reliant on the training of their workers for the success of their businesses and 2.) that the management and office staff of non-union contractors were often better trained than the office staff of union contractors. CEI’s university-quality programs span a wide range of topics from safety to people management to computer technology. The CEI faculty is made up of highly qualified educators well-versed in the mechanical contracting and service industry.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our construction education partners for their programming support:

  • Associated Steel Erectors (ASE)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA)
  • Illinois Environmental Contractors Association (IECA)
  • Piping Education Council (PEC)
  • Plumbing Contractors Association (PCA)
  • SMACNA Greater Chicago
  • West Suburban Association (WSA)

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