Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
During the month of April, the UMCA received the chapter number and plaque for the Utah Chapter of the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB). At this time, membership in the Utah Chapter of the NCPWB is now open to all UMCA Contractor Members. Membership in the NCPWB brings with it a wealth of benefits including access to qualified welding and brazing procedures, reducing your risk of non-compliance, allowing you access to qualified welders nationwide, providing you access to technical experts in welding and brazing, and more. The UMCA is underwriting the initiation fee of $250 for all contractor members who would like to join the NCPWB. Subsequently, the amount due at the time of application is the amount of membership dues, which is currently the prorated to be $450. To download the application to join the NCPWB, please click here. To learn more about NCPWB, please click on the NCPWB tab above or visit the National NCPWB website here._READ_MORE
Registration for the Annual UMCA Golf Tournament is now open! The tournament will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Park City Golf Club. The day will begin with an 8:00 AM shotgun start followed by lunch as well as an awards ceremony at Hotel Park City. As always, the tournament is a great way to meet and network with other members of the association and enjoy a beautiful summer day in Park City. Registration costs are $125 per player for members or $175 per player for non-members. Hole sponsorships are also available at $200 per hole for members and $250 per hole for non-members. To register online, click here or click here to download the paper form. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 1, 2015. We look forward to seeing you and your winning foursome!_READ_MORE
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), and several other construction trade associations in the Quality Construction Alliance, held their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. this week to move the national agenda forward. While there were a number of important issues discussed, pension reform remains as a top priority. The House Education and Workplace Pension Subcommittee scheduled a hearing on the MCAA/NCCMP multi-employer pension reform proposal and there appears to be solid bipartisan support to continue to address this critical issue. UA General Secretary/Treasurer Mark McManus made a great presentation to the committee encouraging their continued support of pension reform. Robert Bergman from the UMCA attended the committee hearing and met with the legislative staff directors in the offices of Senator Hatch, Senator Lee, and Congressman Stewart to discuss a number of issues and seek their support._READ_MORE
The Utah Career Center (UCC) will host the Region 5 Apprenticeship Contest on June 10 and 11, 2015. The UCC encourages all UMCA members to stop by the contest on those dates to see what the contest is all about. As it takes a great deal of work to pull the contest together and make it successful, any donations of time or money are very much appreciated. There will be opportunities for volunteers to help proctor projects, clean up after projects, and more. No special skills are needed to volunteer beyond a willingness to help. The UCC would like to thank Hajoca Corporation, Humphries Inc. Welding Supply, Milwaukee Electric Tools, and Lincoln Electric Welding Company for their willingness to support and help with the contest. In conjunction with the contest, there may be opportunities to bring out key employees and select end-users. Space during the contest will be limited, so if you are interested in bringing guests out to the contest, please contact Will Nickell at 801-295-6198.
In other news, the UCC is still in need of volunteers to perform in-class instructor evaluations for the Fall semester. The evaluators are able to provide feedback to the instructors to help make their classes more effective. As with the apprentice contest, the only skill needed to volunteer is a willingness to help. To volunteer to help with the Apprenticeship Contest or to be a classroom evaluator, please contact Will Nickell at 801-295-6198.
Finally, the new apprentice list was issued on April 7th and there are 19 new apprentices already working. The UCC would like to thank those who have taken new apprentices and thank all who take the time to train the apprentices on the job.
Brett Christiansen, UMCA President and owner of Palmer-Christiansen Company, Inc., recently completed two three-year terms serving on the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Board of Directors. Brett was the first Utah-based director on the MCAA’s Board since John F. Dillon of CCI Mechanical, Inc. completed his term in 1984. Brett also serves on the MCAA Career Development Committee and was chairman of the committee from 2006-2011.
Brett got his start in the industry working as a Design Engineer of Capital Projects for Chevron Corporation. In 1991, upon completing his Masters Degree, Brett joined the family business, Palmer-Christiansen Company, Inc. where he is now the President. Brett is a third-generation owner of Palmer-Christiansen Company and is also the third Christiansen to serve as President of the UMCA. Both
Brett’s father, Hal Christiansen and his grandfather, Harold Christiansen served as UMCA Presidents, with Hal serving from 1999-2001 and Harold serving from 1958-1959. Brett received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering after which he attended Yale University where he earned a Masters in Public and Private Management.
While Brett was serving on the MCAA Board of Directors and the UMCA Board of Directors, he also served as a trustee on the UA Local 140 Health & Welfare Pension Trust Funds where he has been a trustee for nine years. The UMCA would like to thank Brett for his tireless service to both the MCAA and the UMCA and recognize him for his leadership on behalf of the organization.
No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator. Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 secrets they rely on to deliver a powerful message. Put these secrets to work in your communication and watch your influence soar.
1. They Know Their Audience
Great communicators don’t worry about sounding important, showing off their expertise, or boosting their own egos. Instead, they think about what people need to hear, and how they can deliver this message so that people will be able to hear it. This doesn’t mean that leaders tell people what they want to hear. Quite the opposite—they tell people what’s important for them to know, even if it’s bad news.
2. They Are Experts In Body Language
Great communicators are constantly tracking people’s reactions to their message. They are quick to pick up on cues like facial expressions and body language because they know this is the only feedback many people will give them. Great communicators use this expertise to tailor their message on the fly and adjust their communication style as needed.
3. They Are Honest
The best leaders know that for communication to be effective it has to be real. They can’t have people parsing every word trying to separate fact from spin. When great communicators can’t share certain information, they come right out and say it because makeshift, half-truth answers breed distrust and anxiety. In good times and bad, honesty builds trust.
4. They Are Authentic
Great communicators don’t try to be someone they’re not just because they’ve stepped behind a podium. There’s a reason Mark Zuckerberg presented Facebook to investors in a hoodie and jeans. Great leaders know that when they stay true to who they are, people gravitate to their message. They also know the opposite happens when leaders put on an act.
5. They Speak With Authority
Great communicators don’t try to cover their backs by being ambiguous, wishy-washy, or unassertive. Instead, they stick their necks out and speak very directly about how things are and how they need to be.
6. They Speak To Groups As Individuals
Leaders rarely have the luxury of speaking to one person at a time. Whether it’s a huddle around a conference table or an overflowing auditorium, great leaders know how to work the room and make every single person feel as if he or she is being spoken to directly.
7. They Have Ears (And They Use Them)
Great leaders know that communication is a two-way street and what they hear is often more important than what they say. When someone else is speaking, great communicators aren’t thinking ahead and planning what they’ll say next. Instead, they’re actively listening, fully focused on understanding the other person’s perspective.
8. They Use Phrases Like “It’s My Fault,” “I Was Wrong,” and “I’m Sorry”
When great leaders make a mistake, they admit it right away. They don’t wait for someone else to find and point out their blunder. They model accountability for their words and actions, even when they could have easily “gotten away” with the mistake. And they do it matter-of-factly, without drama or false humility.
9. They Solicit Feedback
The best communicators never assume that the message people heard is the exact same one they intended to deliver. They check in to verify that their message was understood correctly, and, if it was not, they don’t blame the audience. Instead, they change things up and try again.
10. They’re Proactive
Leaders with the best communication skills don’t waste time playing catch-up. They’re quick to head off the rumor mill by sharing bad news in a timely manner. They also give clear, concise goals and directions so people don’t waste their time heading in the wrong direction.
Bringing It All Together
Great communicators stand out from the crowd. They’re honest. They’re authentic. They listen. They excel in communication because they value it, and that’s the critical first step to becoming a great leader.