MMCA Seminars:

All seminars are offered free of charge to MMCA members. Please register for each seminar separately.


Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Brewing Discussion – Generations at Work and Managing Up

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Day Block Brewing
1105 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Presentation at 4:45 pm

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This event will feature Jodie Swee from XYZ University discussing Generations at Work and Managing Up.

A core challenge over the next decade will be to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This situation is exacerbated as companies find themselves managing four generations–each with their own distinct values and attitudes toward work. 
To successfully integrate these generations into the workplace, companies will need to embrace radical changes in recruitment, benefits, and culture.
This program will help young professionals understand why these stereotypes exist, and why their values, behaviors, and interests differ from those of their co-workers. They will gain valuable insights into what makes the other generations tick– including how to manage, motivate, inspire, and engage them. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of their unique skills, challenges, and opportunities, as well as ways to effectively collaborate with other generations and improve their leadership skills.

Swee has a passion for helping different generations understand each other and how to work together for a stronger workplace. Prior to becoming a speaker and consultant, she was the Area Director of a non-profit organization and brings her unique combination of leadership and relational experience to XYZ University. Jodie also has a background in sketch comedy and uses that to bring humor and warmth to this challenging topic.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Kick Starting BIM, Because You Must: Primer for Entering BIM with Brett Endres
7:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Seminar, Lunch Included

Roseville Radisson
2540 Cleveland Ave 
Roseville, MN 55113


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You’ve never done a BIM job, you’ve heard of BIM but you’re not sure exactly what it entails, or what’s required. Or worse yet you’ve been awarded the BIM-coordinated job and now you actually have to build it. What do you do?
This course is designed to help you begin to answer that question by providing a foundation for making informed decisions and choices and to help guide you to the best BIM solutions for your company.
The course will begin with a BIM primer, describing the BIM process, how it is structured and used and most importantly the advantages and opportunities it can provide the mechanical and plumbing contractor by providing a complete, thorough, accurate and detailed plan for constructing a building.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Implementing and Managing the BIM Process Within Your Organization with Brett Endres
7:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Seminar, Lunch Included

Roseville Radisson
2540 Cleveland Ave 
Roseville, MN 55113

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The successful implementation of BIM into your organization can open the door to numerous opportunities. It can promote teamwork and streamline your construction processes thus saving you time and money while improving quality and safety and enhancing your competitive position in the MEP marketplace.
Through the combined use of lecture and interactive activities, this course will address the use of BIM as a central function of project management and will describe methods for fully integrating the BIM process into your organization. The course will focus on specific strategies that allow mechanical and plumbing contractors to pick the “low hanging fruit” that BIM offers to the MEP contractor. Additionally, identifying and dealing with negative trends or “red flags” that may emerge during the process will be discussed.

About Brett:

Brett Endres is a senior project manager and BIM manager at Modern Construction Services, LLC in Seattle, WA. He began his career as a detailer at University Mechanical Contractors, Inc., one of the largest mechanical contractors in Seattle. During his 20 years with UMC he grew detailing from a two- person department drawing 2D shop drawings for installation, to a group of 26 providing 3D modeling, estimating, and trade coordination services. He was also responsible for the reimplementation of Autodesk Fabrication across the organization, streamlining detailing and estimating efforts to become an integral part of the company’s overall construction process. Brett’s passion for the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process is contagious for those who hear him present


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Advanced Strategic Planning with Jim McCarl
7:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Seminar, Lunch Included

Roseville Radisson
2540 Cleveland Ave 
Roseville, MN 55113

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Advanced course recommended for those who have the basic strategic planning skills. Top performance is within easy reach by aligning strategic planning and your company’s culture. Participants will learn proven methods for developing an effective strategic plan and develop the crucial skills needed to implement your company’s strategic plan. Each participant will develop a draft strategic plan to take with them to utilize in their own company.


Wednesdsay, February 7, 2018
Profit is Not a Dirty Word with Jim McCarl
7:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Seminar

Roseville Radisson
2540 Cleveland Ave 
Roseville, MN 55113

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Mechanical contracting keeps getting riskier every day; in spite of this fact contractors give away their expertise. We must change this dynamic and get the returns that we truly deserve for the risk we take on projects. This workshop is structured to achieve just that by giving participants the tools they need to become more profitable.

About Jim:
Jim McCarl helps businesses and non-profits maximize their potential. A nationally recognized speaker and strategist, his success strategies were developed over a 30-year career at the helm of McCarl’s, Inc., a family-owned construction business. Under his leadership, the company’s annual sales grew 1,000 percent, placing it in the top tier of mechanical contractors in the United States. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for Gateway Bank
of Pennsylvania, is a trustee for the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches classes on Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Project Manager Training with John Koontz
7:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Seminar, Lunch Included

Roseville Radisson
2540 Cleveland Ave 
Roseville, MN 55113

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This session offers an opportunity to learn the unique, basic management skills of the mechanical project manager. Participants will gain an understanding of the essential traits, skills, and behaviors that allow effective management. Topics include: leadership and management skills; management ability vs. technical savvy; the importance of organization and standardization; motivating others to perform; managing the boss; delegation skills; communication skills; and working with di cult people.

About John:
John R. Koontz, MCAA’s national director for project management and advanced supervisory education, brings a balance of academic and practical experience to his courses. A former tenured associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Building Construction Management, he served as Purdue’s mechanical construction management coordinator. He has been teaching since 1992. Prior to this, he spent 15 years in the employment of MCAA contractors in a variety of positions including senior project manager, project manager, project engineer, and estimator. Professor Koontz is the director of the MCAA Institute for Project Management and Advanced Institute for Project Management at the University of Texas in Austin. He also served as Academic Representative on the Board of Trustees of the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation. In addition to traveling the country to support MCAA’s National Education Initiative, Koontz remains active in continuing education, research, and writing in the area of mechanical contracting and MCAA Student Chapter development.