Company Overview

Xcel Mechanical Systems is one of Southern California’s leading mechanical and plumbing engineering, construction and service firms. We work directly with building owners, facilities managers, engineering consultants and general contractors to design, build and deliver turnkey solutions that make commercial buildings more comfortable, energy-efficient and easier to manage.

Xcel Mechanical’s engineering and construction teams deliver dependable, cost-effective HVAC, Plumbing and Process Piping solutions for global aerospace firms, large metropolitan hospitals, major research universities and Fortune 500 companies. We are a licensed, bonded and insured contractor that can perform work as a prime or subcontractor on all manner of private and public projects. Xcel Mechanical is based in Gardena, CA and maintains a local construction and service fleet of more than 50 vehicles that can deploy quickly and scale easily to complete projects of any size.

The first project Xcel Mechanical completed solved a unique engineering challenge for a large client in the Aerospace industry. In the two decades since, we have completed thousands of projects for hundreds of clients across Southern California. To help ensure each project’s success, we maintain strong partnerships with the top equipment manufacturers, distributors and subcontractors in the industry. These partnerships enable us to deliver best-in-class solutions with technical and price-point precision, in the quickest and most cost-effective manner.

Leadership by Design

Kevin Michel is a Professional Engineer (PE) and President of Xcel Mechanical Systems. Mr. Michel oversees all company operations. Since founding Xcel Mechanical in 1998, he has led the company through its growth from a small union mechanical and plumbing contractor into an award-winning engineering, construction and service provider.

The California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (CAL SMACNA) selected Mr. Michel to lead the organization as its 50th President. CAL SMACNA is a non-profit statewide trade association representing more than 600 sheet metal and air conditioning contractors who employ more than 25,000 union employees and administrative personnel throughout California.

Mr. Michel is one of the most respected mechanical engineers in the industry, known for his deeply intuitive approach to design “constructability”. Building owners, facilities managers, engineering consultants and general contractors routinely invite his perspective on how to build a project before it is designed in order to hit key objectives including cost, schedule and quality. Mr. Michel has developed a best-in-class engineering team to ensure the same success throughout all phases of our client’s projects.

Xcel Mechanical thrives in markets with especially high barriers of entry. Our Aerospace teams have a sophisticated understanding of unique project requirements, and a keen sensibility of issues related to security and access. Our Hospitals team understands that patient care and comfort are Priority One; that project scheduling is tight; that jobsite cleanliness must be absolute; and that government regulators are watching. Our Education teams know never to interfere with teaching and learning. Our Commercial teams understand that our clients are in business to run their companies and to make money, not suffer through the noise and congestion of a construction site.

Project Management

Xcel Mechanical Project Managers take control of client projects from Day One. Our PMs possess excellent communication and planning skills, and are experts at directing and coordinating manpower and material to achieve topline project objectives of scope, budget, schedule and quality.

Xcel Mechanical PMs are committed to making sure each project runs through our internal Project Quality Control Plan. Each is trained to identify and address project concerns before they become issues. All PMs establish communication protocols with our project partners to report progress or escalate concerns. And through the entire project cycle, our PMs continually evaluate ways to save our clients time and money without affecting quality or performance.

Safety Excellence

In the construction industry, a contractor’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) can have a profound impact upon business. A lower EMR rate means lower worker’s compensation insurance premiums. Lower insurance costs result in lower total overhead for our business, enabling us to be more competitive when bidding your next project.

Xcel Mechanical continues to achieve an industry-low EMR. But our commitment to employee and project partner safety does not stop there. Our drive to be the safest mechanical and plumbing design-build contractor in Southern California continues through diligent leadership and continuous training.

• MCAA Safety Excellence – Lost Workday Cases Incidence Rate of Zero (2016)
• CAL SMACNA Safety Award for Outstanding Safety Record (2016)
• Cal OSHA Golden Gate Award: UCLA Luskin Conference Center (2015)
• ENR California Excellence In Safety Best Project (2015): UCLA CHS South Tower Seismic Renovation
• Cal OSHA Golden Gate Award: LMU Life Sciences Building (2014)
• Cal OSHA Golden Gate Award: Bloomingdales Glendale Galleria (2013)
• Cal OSHA Golden Gate Award: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (2013)

• Supervisor Safety Training
• Employee Safety Orientation
• CPR & First Aid
• Fall Protection
• Confined Space Entry

• Excavation & Trenching
• Scaffold
• Forklift Certifications
• Aerial & Scissor Lift Safety
• Respirator Training

• Tool Box Talks
• OSHA Safety Bulletins
• All-hands Safety Meetings
• Monthly Safety Awards
• Monthly Safety Newsletter

Licenses & Certifications

Xcel Mechanical Systems is a licensed, bonded and insured mechanical, plumbing and piping contractor that can perform work as a prime or subcontractor on all manner of private and public projects. Our project bonding capacity exceeds $25 million, enabling us to bid projects of almost any size and scope.


Our State Contractor’s Licenses:

C-20 – Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor
A warm-air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning contractor fabricates, installs, maintains, services and repairs warm-air heating systems and water heating heat pumps, complete with warm-air appliances; ventilating systems complete with blowers and plenum chambers; air-conditioning systems complete with air-conditioning unit; and the ducts, registers, flues, humidity and thermostatic controls and air filters in connection with any of these systems, including related systems which utilize solar energy.

C-36 – Plumbing Contractor
A plumbing contractor provides a means for a supply of safe water, ample in volume and of suitable temperature for the purpose intended and the proper disposal of fluid waste from the premises in all structures and fixed works. This classification includes but is not limited to:
(a) Complete removal of waste from the premises or the construction and connection of on-site waste disposal systems;
(b) Piping, storage tanks and venting for a safe and adequate supply of gases and liquids for any purpose, including vacuum, compressed air and gases for medical, dental, commercial and industrial uses;
(c) All gas appliances, flues and gas connections for all systems including suspended space heating units.
(d) Water and gas piping from the property owner’s side of the utility meter to the structure or fixed works;
(e) Installation of any type of equipment to heat water, or fluids, to a temperature suitable for the purposes listed in this section, including the installation of solar equipment for this purpose; and
(f) The maintenance and replacement of all items described above and all health and safety devices such as, but not limited to, gas earthquake valves, gas control valves, back flow preventors, water conditioning equipment and regulating.

B – General Building Contractor
A general building contractor is a contractor whose principal business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend such a project.

Mission & Vision

We build our business one satisfied customer at a time. We do so through our family of dedicated, highly-skilled employees who deliver reliable, high-quality mechanical, plumbing and piping solutions that exceed our client’s expectations.

To become Southern California’s recognized industry leader in major mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction projects.

Xcel Mechanical Systems continues to gain momentum in its key markets by delivering cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions to our project partners and customers no matter the challenge. Superior customer service drives our efforts from project start to end. Xcel Mechanical strives each day to be the most respected, highest-quality mechanical and plumbing contractor in Southern California.