Career Opportunities

careerThere are outstanding career opportunities in the mechanical industry. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Robotic Welding, (GPS) Satellite Guided Excavation, computerized estimation and project management, Virtual Reality training Simulation Programs, On-line training programs, paperless offices….the future of construction is today. We need the brightest minds to advance our industry. Hand-on problem solvers, critical thinkers, determined and motivated are character traits we are looking for. If you are interested in applying for a management or professional support staff position, please contact MCAWPA by mail, fax, or e-mail at mcawpa@verizon.net  You may also contact any MCAWPA company listed in the Links section of this web site.

Professional trades people who work for the MCA of Western Pennsylvania are members of Plumbers Local #27 and Steamfitters Local #449. If you are interested in becoming a member of these excellent labor organizations, you may contact them as follows:

For Steamfitting/ Welding/ Service Technician apprenticeship inquires contact:

Mr. Brad Tisdale, Director of Training Steamfitters Local #449
Erie School: (814) 864-1658

Mr. Dale Glavin, Jr.  Director of Training Steamfitters Local #449
Pittsburgh School: (412) 481-0333

Mr. Nick Kappas, Organizer Steamfitters#449
(412) 381-1133

For Plumbing  apprenticeship career opportunities contact:

great-futuresMr. John Inks, Director of Training Plumbers Local #27
(724) 695-9047

Mr. William Carl, Marketing Representative Plumbers #27
(724) 695-8175

For Project Management, Estimation, BIM career opportunities contact:

Mr. J. Douglas Armstrong, Executive Director, MCA of Western Pennsylvania
(814) 456-3977 or doug@mcanwpa.com

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JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR CAREERS IN A CONTRACTING COMPANY

Project Manager

Oversees and directs construction management. Communicates directly with contractors/designers concerning project cost, staffing, and scheduling. Prepares project status reports and works to ensure plans adhere to contract specifications. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to top management.

Cost Estimator

Forecasts project costs. Helps determine necessary resources for projects based on cost estimates. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Coordinator

Coordinates construction scheduling and communication, and acts as a liaison to project management concerning bids, subcontracting, progress and delays. May be responsible for estimates, schedules, materials, and purchase orders. Supervises the installation of equipment and components in assigned field. Requires technical knowledge to assist installing contractors. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Purchasing Agent

Responsible for all purchases by the organization. Evaluates and approves vendors and authorizes purchase orders for goods or services. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. May manage a staff of buyers and typically reports to a purchasing manager.

Project Engineer

Responsible for the completion of long-term IT engineering projects. Performs engineering design evaluations and works to complete projects within budget and scheduling restraints. Develops, implements, and monitors information systems policies and controls to ensure data accuracy, security, and regulatory compliance. Reviews reports of computer and peripheral equipment production, malfunction, and maintenance to determine and address problems. May require ongoing training in network/telecom seminars. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Field Engineer

Monitors activities at construction sites. Works to ensure construction progresses as scheduled and contract specifications are adhered to. Inspects construction site daily and works with contractors to schedule deliveries. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a supervisor or a manager.

Sales Manager

Manages and directs a sales force to achieve sales and profit goals. Designs and recommends sales programs and sets short and long-term sales strategies. Evaluates and implements appropriate new sales techniques to increase the department’s sales volume. May recommend product or service enhancements to improve customer satisfaction and sales potential. Ensures projects are completed on time and within budget. Acts as advisor to sales team regarding projects, tasks, and operations. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complex tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to head of a unit/department.

Sales Engineer

Generates new business and ensures growth of existing accounts. Assesses potential application of company products or services and offers solutions that meet customer needs. Researches and presents reports showing potential customers the cost benefit of purchasing company products or services. Provides technical training to clients and communicates customer feedback into future product developments. Uses technical knowledge of product offerings to support and build sales. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Planner / Scheduler

Responsible for the planning and scheduling of construction work and work crew. Gathers and analyzes information to prepare reports on the progress of projects. Ensures that assignment and scheduling of work follows company policy. Evaluates current procedures and recommends changes to improve the efficiency of planning and scheduling of projects. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department.