Women in HVACR

Women in HVACR
Resources and Information for Women Entering the HVACR Industry

The HVACR industry is expected to have a workforce shortage of over 115,000 people by 2022. Now more than ever women are needed in the HVACR industry to help fill the workforce shortage and expand the industry's diversity. 

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that HVAC job opportunities are at an all-time high growth rate. This continued growth attracted women to seek employment in this type of technical field.

According to a report, female HVAC technicians make up about 9% of the statistics. The numbers led HVAC companies to open their doors to training more women to become contractors.

Also, rising female talent paved the way for women-owned businesses in the U.S.

Through the years, more women have entered the field either as technicians or CEOs. This is expected to continue increasing over the next decade as well.

ACCA is a proud industry partner of Women in HVACR, organized exclusively for educational purposes to further the growth of women in all areas of the HVACR industry, including technical, sales, management and ownership. It is their goal to provide their members with a variety of opportunities to network and develop in a professional environment. In partnership with ACCA, women joining the HVACR industry have access to countless resources to help them get started.

How can women enter this profession?

HVACR specialists handle the installation and maintenance of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. Training is necessary in order to get certification and apprenticeship. Training is available through ACCA courses and programs, community colleges, or through HVACR contracting companies. It takes about six months to a year, followed by internships and exams to become a licensed tech.

"My father worked for a local electric utility and always talked about the value of learning a trade. I discovered early on I was mechanically inclined. Growing up, I enjoyed helping my dad with odds and ends projects around the house. Later in high school an HVAC course was offered, so I took the course and embraced the opportunity to continue my interest in the field. The more I learned about HVAC, the more I wanted to pursue it as a career." - Ali U., Service Technician, Walton & Company

Career options for HVACR women

Women can build their HVACR careers by earning a diploma or certificate. A more experienced technician has more career opportunities.

Everyone starts somewhere. By building up your skills in this area, it will open up more opportunities.

Some options for HVACR women include (but not limited to):

HVACR Associate

Entry level associates assist technicians in repairing equipment systems in residential and commercial properties. Those with a GED or high school diploma can start as HVACR associates in many construction companies.

HVACR Technician

HVACR technicians handle heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. They can work in a company or do individual contracting. With time and experience, they can move up to become a supervisor or manager of a company.

Specialized technicians are:

• AC Technicians– Install and repair temperature regulation in a controlled environment

• Refrigeration Technicians– Install and repair refrigeration and cooling systems.

• Ventilation Technicians– Install and repair heating and cooling systems.

HVACR Engineer

An HVACR engineer oversees every aspect of an installation. They also perform audits of installed systems and recommend improvements for efficiency. What’s more, they’re the ones responsible for designing the framework of the system.

HVACR Installer

Installers put the HVACR systems into homes and businesses. They must have mechanical skills and strength to carry heavy machinery and equipment.

HVACR Manager

Managerial roles oversee the business operations of an HVACR company. They assign jobs and check the activities and outcomes of an employee’s work. Managers also hire, interview, and coordinate with employees in implementing procedures.

HVACR Business Owner

Many individual contractors happen to build businesses of their own after gaining experience on the field. About seven percent of women in the U.S. are HVACR company owners.

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