Creating MCA Detroit has the advantage of providing for a single association that can henceforth negotiate with Pipefitters Local 636 and Plumbers Local 98 on behalf of all mechanical contractors whether they were formerly members of ASAM or PMC (one Local 636 contract instead of two). Economies of scale have proven beneficial for such matters as training, education, safety, industry relations and industry promotion. A single, larger, voice speaks for members in the business and public arenas.

Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit (MCA Detroit)
In 2005, ASAM and PMC Detroit joined to form a new non-profit corporation, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit, with a new industry fund, the MCA Detroit Industry Promotion Fund.

Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors of Detroit (PMC Detroit) Founded as the Plumbing and Heating Industry of Detroit (PHI) Trust Fund in 1956, representing the Metropolitan Detroit Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (Detroit MCA) and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Southeastern Michigan (Detroit PHCC), we’ve been around for 50 years. In January of 2001, we changed our association name to Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors of Detroit (PMC Detroit) to better reflect our contractor membership and the scope of work they do.


Only contractors signatory to United Association of Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry Local Unions, Plumbers LU 98 or Pipe Fitters LU 636, can become a full member of MCA Detroit. Association membership includes all of the benefits of a contributing contractor plus the power to initiate change. For a yearly fee of $300, MCA Detroit association members are entitled to vote on labor agreements and other critical labor relations matters that are brought to the general membership. Association members have the opportunity to get involved in decision making by being eligible for appointment to:

  • MCA Detroit Board of Directors
  • MCA Detroit Oversight Committees
  • MCA Detroit Labor Negotiations Committees
  • Industry Promotion Fund Trustee
  • Fringe Fund Trust Committees for Plumber LU 98 or Pipe Fitter LU 636
  • Labor/Management Committee
Any member of the association can also join the national association at no extra cost to themselves. National MCAA membership opens the door to a wide variety of products and services that can help make your company more profitable and professional. The local chapter of MCA provides financial support to MCAA for the many services they provide. This support offsets the need for our contractors to pay an hourly rate to national.

Membership in national trade organizations

Mechanical Contractors Association of America
Mechanical Service Contractors of America
Plumbing Contractors of America
National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau

Peer networking opportunities

Association Membership Meetings
Interest Group Forums: Mechanical/Industrial, Plumbing, Service
Annual Duck Dinner
Annual Golf Invitational

Educational opportunities

Formal education/seminars for contractors and their management personnel

Benefits of Industry Promotion Fund Contributors

As an MCA Detroit contributing contractor within our jurisdiction, each contractor has the combined experience of the entire organization to draw from, as well as other available resources, such as a complete and comprehensive in-house training facility. Each contractor is backed by assistance services such as…

  • Labor relations
  • MCA Detroit Human Resource Department – Apprenticeship outreach to Minorities, Women and Detroit Residents
  • Code interpretation
  • Interpretation of Standards
  • Plumbing and Mechanical Library, including industry textbooks, codes, standards, publications and videotapes
  • Formal ongoing education/safety training programs for trades people, foremen, supervisors
  • Telephone consultation for jobsite situations
  • Liaison with industry and government
  • A full-time staff working on behalf of and promoting our union-employing contractors interests
  • Networking with other local, state and national association executives in the interests of our contractors
  • Our contractors’ voices, opinions and concerns are heard at local, state and national levels
  • Safety officers can participate/promote training on the Safety Committee
  • Active Labor/Management Committee promoting best practices
  • Contractors have the MCA Detroit training facilities available for their personal company training sessions or meetings.
  • National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau – Chapter 21
  • Publications:
    • Monthly e-newsletter to our contractors
    • Web site for internal contractor communication and external communication
    • On-line interactive Contractor Directory Guide
  • Opportunities to meet and talk with your peers:
    • General Membership Meetings
    • Interest Group Forums: Mechanical/Industrial, Plumbing, Service
  • Volunteer Community Service opportunities

The Human Resource Concept

MCA Detroit HR Department’s government affairs and political action mission states:
MCA Detroit political activity exists to make a difference. We support candidates who are committed to the free enterprise system. We primarily fund pro-business challengers and those seeking open seats. We do not support incumbents merely for access. MCA Detroit is:

  • Pro building trades
  • Pro business
  • Bipartisan
  • SE Michigan region focused

MCA Detroit works with the government of the State of Michigan along with the other state-wide organizations to promote understanding of building trades issues. We do this through many venues, including making recommendations for appointments to the state regulatory agencies. Examples include: the Construction Code Commission, Board of Mechanical Rules, State Board of Plumbing, Construction Safety Standards Commission and the Board of Boiler Rules.

  • Construction Coalition of Michigan
    MCA Detroit is a strong supporter of the Construction Coalition of Michigan, which operates as a “think tank” on behalf of subcontractors regarding legislative issues and strategies. A current issue of focus is getting subcontractors effectively paid.

MCA Detroit and the City of Detroit participate in an EEO Partnership and Agreement:
MCA Detroit is constantly working on our contractors’ behalf to provide the tools and resources necessary to compete in today and tomorrow’s market. The MCA Detroit HR Department, in partnership with Plumbers Local 98 and Pipefitters Local 636, have reached a trade line agreement with the Detroit Human Rights Department by making good faith efforts to comply with Executive Order #22 Monitoring Guidelines by focusing efforts to create life-long careers for minorities, Detroit residents and women. For information on how a MCA Detroit contractor can participate in this partnership and agreement, please contact Laura Kopack at (313) 341-7661.

  • Apprenticeship Information Sessions
    As part of our partnership with Detroit and our good faith efforts, apprenticeship information sessions are conducted twice a month for any individuals interested in applying for an apprenticeship. Melody Magee or secondarily Laura Kopack conducts these sessions here in our office where videos are run and open discussion takes place. Interested parties can contact the office at (313) 341-7661 ext. 204 for a schedule and registration to attend these sessions.
  • A. Philip Randolph Career/Technical Center
    The Plumbing Industry represented by Melody Magee, MCA Detroit contractors and members of Plumbers Local 98 and Pipefitters Local 636, collaborate with the staff and students of Randolph Career and Technical CenterThe Randolph Center Mission: “Randolph Center, in collaboration with business, industry and the community, provides students with the opportunity to develop life role competences with the emphasis on skills in technology, business, and construction-related trades. The staff prepares students to be productive participants in a global society by meeting the needs of the individual through career and technical competence, social acceptance and civic responsibility.”

Partnering with community groups presents opportunities to not only promote our industry but also take an active role in building a better future: 
That is why MCA Detroit contractors and our labor partners, Plumbers Local 98 and Pipefitters Local 636, actively participate in such organizations as the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, where we can network with a vast representation of like-minded business, community and government leaders to the benefit of all.

  • The Annual Eight Mile Boulevard Association Leadership Luncheon
    MCA Detroit contractors network with hundreds of business, community and government leaders from across the state at the annual Leadership Luncheon. MCA Detroit contractors have led the construction industry in a coalition as the Platinum sponsor of this event.
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
    Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s “Flip the Script” program helping minority, male residents of Detroit, ages 18-30, take a 14 week Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program to prepare them for entrance exams required to enter today’s Skilled/Construction Trade and Related Industries. Students are introduced to different trades including plumber, air-conditioning/refrigeration, welder, residential plumbing, construction measurement and sheet metal worker. “Each trade module is a ten-hour experience with grade-appropriate curriculum and audiotape. Students work in teams, using professional tools of the trade. Skill development, safety, standard trade practices, and projected salaries are presented in an easy to understand format. The Construction Zone is not designed to make students proficient in any one trade, but enables them to explore the basic aspect of each craft and understand how the different trades work together on a construction project.”