The HVAC industry is an incredibly male-dominated field, only 1.4% of workers in our field are women according to 2017 data. But that is slowly changing – more and more women are entering the field, and companies are starting to invest in the female workforce.
HVAC wouldn’t be where it is today without women, either. Alice H. Parker, a black woman inventor, patented a heating system using natural gas in the late 1910s. This was a major innovation that created a path toward the central heating systems we use in our homes and buildings today!
Women have an important place in our industry and its history. Here are just a few ways that female engineers can change the HVAC industry:
Inspiring other women
Women who enter the HVAC field are paving the way for other women to follow suit. By being successful in this traditionally male-dominated field, they are showing other women that they can break through barriers too.
Promoting diversity and inclusion
Simply joining the HVAC industry as a woman helps diversity! And there are other ways female engineers can play a role in diversity and inclusion measures, too – such as creating a more welcoming environment, mentoring other women coming up in the field, and calling out workplace discrimination.
Becoming industry leaders
When women invest in themselves and work their way up the industry ladder, they can better shape the developing workforce. Gaining hiring power allows you to build a strong, diverse team under you. Joining organizations such as Women in HVACR gives women a chance to meet and directly mentor young women coming up in our field.
Promote STEM education.
Female engineers can promote STEM education to young girls and help to encourage them to pursue careers in engineering and the HVAC industry. Check with local schools for opportunities to volunteer or give Career Day presentations!
The HVAC field is a vital part of our economy, and female engineers always have and will continue to play a key role in shaping its future.