Pushing the Mechanical Industry Forward
Written By Caitlin Dunn
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The Bridging the Gap podcast episode From Lego Builder to Mechanical Innovator poses an important question: Where do we go from here? 

Podcast guest Sean McGuire has LEED AP credentials and works with Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). “I started in this industry about 20 years ago. I originally I came out of college to start working for NECA [National Electrical Contractors Association] and got involved in the industry,” he said. “The first part of my career was really being a jack-of-all-trades, which really did help me out, because it meant that I was seeing a lot of different aspects of the industry. Being that jack-of-all-trades at first… gave me the opportunity to see what the pain points are for individual entities.”

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“Six and a half years ago,” Sean added, “we started to take a look at our association to see what kind of ways we weren’t being able to fill all the deliverables [and needs] for our members. The biggest thing that we identified was that there was a glaring hole as it pertained to innovation.”

Sean and his team learned that, as far as pushing the industry forward and allowing for growth and change in the association membership, not much was happening. There was “a definite need to not only learn the main areas that the industry needed deliverables on,” he said, “but also to ensure that our contractors who were already starting to get in this space had all the right tools to do it.”

In addition, there’s someone Sean mentions who is absolutely essential to the success of a company: the Project Manager. “[They’re] the ones who are critical to any kind of company’s profitability, no matter which way you want to cut it,” he said. “If you don’t have a good Project Manager, you are going to most likely not do well in that job.”

From understanding the workflow to being able to push boundaries in the right direction, Project Managers are the ones who absolutely need to know what innovation is needed in order for your company to achieve success.

And if you’re looking for ideas, honesty, and direction, you can look to peer groups. “They really pull back the curtains, and the more they do stuff like that, the better off we all are,” Sean said. “It’s a good way of getting out there” — showing others what it takes to be successful. “It even goes to the point where we have a conference and [a host] will open up their whole operations and… allow 200 members to come through, and they’ll explain every single aspect of their process.”

It’s that type of open sharing that has helped make mechanical trade contractors the leaders in technology adoption. It’s that openness to growth and change that are propelling the mechanical industry forward.  If you and your company are wondering where to go from here, you can always go forward. You’re not alone.

Curious about what innovations are the best fit for your business? Contact eVolve MEP today to talk to an MEP industry expert. They can help you design a solution that makes sense for your individual situation.

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