MCAA announces initiatives and goals for 2006

ROCKVILLE, Md. - A "next generation" labor-estimating manual and a pipe-specification Web site are two of the new initiatives that MCAA will tackle this year.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America released a list of projects that it would like to accomplish over the next year. The labor-estimating manual will be an online database with search and sorting capabilities. According to MCAA, it will also allow subscribers to have immediate access to updates.

The "Online Pipe and Usage Specification Resource for the Industry," also known as OPUS, will be a revamp of the Guideline for Quality Piping Installation manual.

In education, MCAA will aim to offer a revamped Mechanical Estimating Institute, discussions on the "green" building movement, and a seminar designed to help members improve their supply chains.

New National Education Initiative courses, including seven project-management and four advanced supervisor-education courses will surface in 2006. MCAA also reports that it will expand funding from its foundation for career-development programs, including more grants to members for student internships.

The association is also planning on providing more safety resources, including a Safety and Health Resource Guide and training DVDs in electrical safety and inspections.

A redesign for the association's Web site is also in the works for 2006. According to MCAA, the new site will be "more functional and user friendly."

Contractors earn RSES designations

DES PLAINES, Ill. - The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society announced 16 members who earned certificate-member or certification-member-specialist status during October 2005.

In order to become a certificate member, applicants must first pass an exam that tests their knowledge on installation and service of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. The following members passed the exam in October: Timothy A. Sutton, Steve D. Wright, David G. Demma, Andrew J. Erbach, Marcus G. Metoyer, John E. Seiler and Patrick J. Filkas.

In order to obtain certificate-member-specialist status, individuals must first pass the certificate-member exam. Then they must pass one or more of six specialty exams in categories such as commercial refrigeration, commercial air conditioning, heating, controls, domestic service and HVACR electrical.

The following members passed the certificate-member-specialist exam: Joseph G. Owens, Sidney T. Bloomfield, Joel D. Krause, Tim J. Lloyd, Dale M. Olson, Steve R. Fraser, Dale W. Ferguson, Stephen L. Vossler and Rick Hoke.

Contractor holds open house for service seminar

Brasington Plumbing, Heating & Air in Columbia, S.C., was to welcome HVACR business owners who wanted to learn the fundamentals of running a service business Jan. 13-14.

The event was part of Money Masters, a program from contractor training and development organization Nexstar.

The two-day event brings together owners of independent electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing businesses to see how a successful company is run. Participants take a tour of the company's facility and learn about daily operations.

According to Nexstar, during the live case study of Brasington Plumbing, Heating & Air, members were to see how the brother-and-sister management team was able to change their company after years of operating at a loss to being able to retire their parents comfortably, while growing their service division more than 400 percent in five years and still post double-digit profits.

The company has 15 employees with several technicians making over $65,000 a year. Attendees of the event were to have the opportunity to walk through the service provider's shop and discover how the owners overcame many of the common problems faced by contractors. Attendees were scheduled to meet with the owners, technicians, staff and managers of the company.