A September 2015 analysis performed by the HVAC Workforce Development Foundation estimated that 115,000 new HVACR workers must be trained by 2022 to meet the anticipated demand. With this demand increase, there will be many jobs opening up to HVACR workers, and women are beginning to fill that gap more and more after years of being almost non-existent in the field. Though, progress is slow.
Women have been infiltrating industry for years now, making a name for themselves in almost every field. However, In the HVACR industry, there was not as much progress. Just 1.2% of the workforce was female in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many attribute this to the lack of interest, few female role models in the industry, or simply not knowing that the option was available. The barriers to women working in construction are many. Stereotypes about women’s abilities from employers and co-workers, schools and families steer girls toward more traditional women’s jobs and leave few to find their passion as technicians.
Currently, the government maintains a goal of 6.9% participation of women on federal construction contracts. This goal has not been changed since when it was established in 1978. Although there are few women in the industry the initiative to bring in more women exists. Earlier this year, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s Board of Directors created a steering council for women in construction management leadership. The council provides guidance on leadership, labor, and technical issues through professional development, education, and networking. This is the first major step for recruiting women to the technical industry since 1978.
Employment of HVACR mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21%, and without an influx of women technicians there may not be enough talent to fill those positions. Bay State School of Technology can give men and women the training needed to succeed in the HVACR industry. Learn more and join this growing industry at: http://www.baystatetech.org/.