ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Mechanical Contractors Association of America announced the student chapters that have qualified as finalists in the MCAA Student Competition.

The four teams will compete for cash and honors during the March competition at the MCAA's annual convention.

Each team will deliver a 20-minute oral presentation. Judges will score the presentations to determine the first- and second-place winners, who will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. The other two teams each receive $1,000.

The finalists include the MCAA student chapter at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, MCAA's student chapter at Georgia Tech, the Illinois State University Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Association, and the MCA of Indiana student chapter at Purdue University.

The competition, in its third year, was developed to provide students with a realistic project to test their knowledge of mechanical systems, design and problem-solving skills.

The subject is the construction of a 14,000-square-foot educational facility located on a hypothetical college campus in Miami. The project was presented by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which used the project for its 2003 student competition.

MCAA added mechanical elements and made other changes to enhance the project's interest and challenge to the students.