A lot of women don’t see the
opportunities that exist, and they’re not
around enough women who work in these
roles to realize all the benefits a career in
this industry can afford them.
Women and the HVAC Industry
Women in the Workforce
Percentage of Women Represented in Selected Occupations
More women are entering the HVAC industry than ever before, but women still only make up just over 1% of the HVAC technician workforce world-wide. A similar disparity is present in almost every element of the industry. Global expansion in the industry is creating positions in which women could prove to be a strong asset. Growth in the retail, hospitality and commercial sectors is predicted to translate to continued growth in the HVAC sector as these developments entail large-scale implementation of HVAC systems. This growth in HVAC means the industry will be looking to take on a large number of new technicians. Women stand to not only take advantage of opportunities in the field but also to become a valuable resource in the sector. Women in HVAC are poised to be the future of the HVAC industry.
Perspectives from Women in the HVAC Field
We had the opportunity to talk with some women working in HVAC at LG and gained interesting insight into the HVAC industry and what it means to be a woman in this male dominated field. Let’s see what they had to say.
Key Account Manager,
HVAC and Energy,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
To succeed in a male-dominated field like HVAC, a woman needs to prep, prep and more prep. And after that, more prep. Self confidence and trust in your ability to use your knowledge combined with the unique 6th sense that all women have are important. I believe that as a woman, patience, persuasion and manner in conducting negotiations are key features inherent to our gender that can favor positive outcomes in business. Personnel on construction sites and decision makers are predominantly men. Therefore, as a woman, I need to prove my solid technical knowledge and share the merits of my opinion to level the field.
System Air Conditioning,
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The environment in the HVAC industry is always positive and I feel that I am always learning. However, as the majority of the team is men, I found it more difficult to be confident in the beginning. Men can tend to be somewhat ‘cold’, so I think being a woman adds some ‘warmth’ to the work atmosphere. In my opinion, it is important to work hard and be modest in the beginning and also, being open minded is always a positive attribute.
Chiller Sales Xi’an Branch,
The decision makers and authorized representatives for projects are almost always men, this may seem daunting but, in actuality, I feel that I am able to win the favor of customers through sincerity and perseverance and this gives me greater confidence in my career. Women can be more approachable, so they can be more likely to be accepted than men. Women are strong with details and women tend to pay more attention to detail. Also, when you are in a position that is seen as weaker, it is natural that you will win some sympathy and connect with customers more easily. In fact, women’s toughness tends to be more suited for this role sometimes. This toughness can prove especially important and you will experience great results if you put your heart and effort into your work.
THE ROAD TO BECOMING AN HVAC ENGINEER (PART 1)
LG Culturing the Future
Initiatives by LG to train professionals in the HVAC sector offer in-depth courses for HVAC installers, service technicians, system designers, consultants and sales staff. We have established LG HVAC Academies around the world, where people can gain the training and skills to become experts in the field. We currently run 69 academies around the world including 18 partner academies offering 5 levels of certification that endow participants with the know-how and expertise to succeed in their field. These academies are equipped with all of LG’s state-of-the-art products such as our flagship Multi V 5 system air conditioner and advanced, cloud-based HVAC control systems. As women enter the HVAC market, they will be greeted with a wide spectrum of resources such as those offered at our LG HVAC Academies.
Women continue to expand into primarily male-dominated industries such as HVAC, they will find new challenges and new opportunities that will provide them with enriching careers. HVAC has a lot to offer and gives people working in the field chances to grow and find independence in their work. We hope to see more HVAC women in our sales rooms, in our research labs and installing our equipment in the near future, across India and throughout the world.