MCA Alberta offers education and training programs through a variety of learning opportunities designed to meet unique mechanical and service contractor needs. This is accomplished through member meetings, short seminars and full day courses. These feature guest presenters on broad industry topics, product specific technical training, HR and other soft skills training, business skills and succession planning.

Programs are designed specifically for owners and senior management, service managers and technicians, HR leaders, frontline field and office staff to keep the entire team current and to help grow your career.

“I have taken both Project Management and Construction law courses through the MCA and these courses are a must for anyone starting in a management role. Since then, I have enrolled my staff to complete as well.” 

Cody Christman ,VP Strathcona Mechanical

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Building Capacity from Within: Developing Foreman into Project Managers

January 18 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am MST

$420.00 – $550.00

Join MCA and Professor Tim Wentz, January 18, 25, Feb 8 & 9 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM MST

Part of the Building Capacity from Within series, this course will expose the experienced foreman to the roles and responsibilities of a project manager. This exposure will help the foreman decide whether or not to pursue the management position of project manager or assist them in making that transition. The course explores many of the management techniques and strategies employed by project managers to effectively organize and manage a project to achieve optimal productivity and comply with company policy.

This eight-hour course is broken into two-hour segments over four days. It features renowned educator, Tim Wentz. Guest speakers round out this engaging and informative course.

What will you learn?:

  • Difference between a wage and a salary position
  • How to organize and run a handover meeting
  • Developing a risk management program for a project
  • Using labor and cost tracking to monitor productivity
  • Assembling and interpreting project schedules
  • Managing changed conditions to protect scope
  • Pricing change orders to recover all costs
  • Negotiating techniques to create win/win environments
  • Project close-out techniques and strategies
  • Conduct feedback meetings to promote continuous improvement

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with experienced Project Managers.

What will you receive?

  • A detailed schedule given closer to date
  • Printed materials
  • Jobsite journal

Instructor: Professor Tim Wentz

Prof. Wentz graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska. Additionally, he holds both Master Heating Contractor and Master Plumbing Contractor licenses, is a LEED® – Accredited Professional (AP-BD&C)) and holds an ASHRAE certification as a High-performance Building Design Professional (HBDP).
Tim has also been very active in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), where he has served as a trustee for the Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Fund (MCERF) and is currently a member of the National Education Initiative (NEI) faculty and also on the Institute for Project Management (IPM) faculty. He was named the MCAA ‘Educator of the Year’ three times (2000, 2002 and 2004) and in 2009 was the recipient of MCAA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, the first academic to receive the award.
Tim Wentz has a wealth of knowledge, and it was nice hearing from someone with a lifetime of experience owning and operating a mechanical contracting business.” Jordan Rodger (NRG)


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Technical Requirements

This workshop will involve 100% on-screen interaction with the instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses.

  • Webcams are mandatory and are expected to be turned on during all course sessions.

Students are expected to be fully engaged in the class

    • Clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program
    • Please make sure you secure a quiet space with minimal distractions


January 18
8:00 am - 10:00 am MST
$420.00 – $550.00




Mechanical Contractor’s Association
403 250-7237
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 Employers can get up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to 10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training.