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A team of students in Mizzou polo shirts accepts an award from two men in suits.

The Mizzou student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently captured both the Student Chapter of the Year Award and first place out of 52 entries in the National MCAA student competition. Photo courtesy of Tyler Culp.

The Mizzou student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently captured both the Student Chapter of the Year Award and first place out of 52 entries in the National MCAA student competition.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is given based on a set of criteria including new membership growth, member involvement, and internships and job placements. The award came with a $3,000 prize.

The student competition project for this year involved submitting a bid proposal for a proposed renovation of a wastewater treatment plant in Wisconsin. According to Tyler Culp, the MU chapter’s vice president, projects typically involve some mechanical design work, schedule coordination, cost estimation and more. The chapter submitted its proposal in December, then was selected as one of the top four teams, earning a shot to present for the grand prize at the MCAA Annual Convention earlier this month in San Diego.

The Mizzou chapter gave a 15 minute pitch of their proposal to a panel of industry judges in front of a large contingent of convention attendees. Judges asked questions for five minutes, and the students had the opportunity to defend their proposals. The MU chapter’s victory netted a $10,000 grand prize.

Read more about the event here.