View Full Version : No Girls Allowed?
10-07-2005, 04:08 PM
I plan to pursue an HVAC career after my enlistment in the military. Do you guys think its harder for a woman get hired/accpected in HVAC? I am the one of 3 females in my flight of 50+ right now. I can do the job (aircraft maintanence) as well as any of them so I don't have any problems. Can I expect to be treated fairly on the job if I work hard?
10-07-2005, 04:32 PM
Absolutly! You will do just fine. The only down side might be some heavy lifting such as carrying extension ladders and compressors etc. Good luck!
10-07-2005, 05:23 PM
thank you for your service.SEMPER FI
10-07-2005, 05:29 PM
The only problem I ever have anywhere is when a girl expects me to open a door for them or carry something heavy. I don't do that for my buddies that have Johnsons, so I be damn if I will do that for a cookie maker. Equal pay for equal work. Welcome to the field. You shouldn't have any problems.
10-07-2005, 09:36 PM
Girl, you will be just fine. I've been in the field for a couple years now and all is good. I find myself having to help the guys because they've gotten to big to fit in the attics and change out coils. All in fun! There's always give and take to help your fellow tech.
10-07-2005, 09:57 PM
thanks, guys. I like turning wrenches, tinkering with things. I'm sure HVAC will be a good career for me. Thanks.
10-07-2005, 10:03 PM
Gogether is a good name. While HVAC is a great field there are many civilian positions available in aircraft maintenance that might pay a lot more. And thank you for serving in our military forces.
10-08-2005, 03:35 AM
You're right, Nev. but if I worked in a civilian aviation industry I'd always be worried about losing my job. If my employer went through a bankruptcy or merger I could end up jobless. There are also strikes, economic downturns, etc. I figured something like HVAC would be a stable career I could count on.
10-08-2005, 08:54 AM
The news does cover when 100s of Lockheed or Delta employees loose their jobs; and I have never heard, on the new, of HVAC personnel being laid off. But there is probably an equal percentage being displaced each hear. I am a one man operation, but I can tell when others are let go because I get an increasing number of calls for people looking for work.
Realisticly ,you will likely find some that have a problem with your gender,but a good attitude on your your part,which you likely have in your currnet position,should overcome any bias.
10-11-2005, 10:14 AM
start a thread in the General section. You will get a load of comments from both women and men who like what your doin'.
Not everyone reads the threads here. Not until we're bored anyway:)
10-14-2005, 01:46 AM
Having worked in both HVAC/R and the welding/pipefitting trades, the best advice I could pass along to you is that, just as a man, be prepared to prove yourself, plain and simple. But realistically, in some instances, that may be a an uphill battle, depending on where you go to work. I've worked with women that I've respected, that could work circles around most men, so dont assume Im against women in the trades. But there are the women who go into the trades, constantly yapping that they can do anything a man can do, that is until you ask them to do something, then its "Oh thats too heavy"...or some other lame excuse. And constantly causing turmoil because theyre a woman and feel they arent being treated right, and special considerations/allowances should be made for them. Thats the type that isnt welcome, and/or wont last very long. If anyone, male or female, isnt prepared to do a job, as it is, and what it requires, then they need to find another career. But since youre a Marine, Im sure you'll be more than prepared to meet any of the challenges that you may encounter. And I wish you all the best in your military career as well as success and prosperity in the HVAC trade.
[Edited by generaltech1 on 10-14-2005 at 01:49 AM]
10-14-2005, 05:00 PM
Those that don't want girls in HVAC are letting their fears show. GO get the Gogetter. We can exchange notes by email if this place doesn't work out.
10-15-2005, 10:21 AM
You will face some testosterone induced good ole boy **** no doubt. But if you earn your keep, you will earn their respect.
10-15-2005, 12:26 PM
I experienced the same thing in my unit. Some males think that a woman can't work as hard or be as good a mechanic. There have been women who have been 'too cute' to get a little dirty and that only enforces those stereotypes.
10-16-2005, 06:46 PM
Out here on the West coast-Who gives a Rats ass if your Male-Female,Black,White ,Brown or green.Its what you know and how cheap can I hire you for!
10-16-2005, 06:51 PM
First, don't refer to yourselves as "girls." That infers a certainly level of maturity. As far as I am concerned you would be a tech, period. As far as in sales, you would obviously be a female sales rep. I would rather hear you refer to yourselves as women, as it simply indicates a higher level of maturity than 'girls.' Gogetter, I for one would welcome your resume' along with Tuesdays. All the best, John.
10-17-2005, 08:20 PM
Gogetter one of the members of this website Enthalpy Gal is doing quite well in the Hvac business. I run into her at the supplyhouse from time to time. She is getting her associates degree june of 2006 in HVAC/R She is in the Business 2-1/2 years now, and recently got a position with a "UNION" Shop doing strictly commercial. I told her about your post, she is in College classes 4 nites per week, she will try to respond to this post.
10-17-2005, 09:20 PM
hello i'm jorge, i don't think it should make any difference i went to school with a girl thech. and she had a lot of job offers. you will be fine.
10-18-2005, 08:01 AM
How much longer is this going to go on? If you want to work here get out there and do you job. Stop whining. We know you all are here we know you squat. I would have no problem telling a girl to carry a compressor up a 40 foot ladder.
10-18-2005, 07:47 PM
I asked if women were accepted in the HVAC industry so I don't waste my time/money in to learn the trade then find that no company will hire a woman, or that most guys think women can't hack it. How's that whining? Or maybe you didn't take the time to read my original post.
10-18-2005, 09:41 PM
We currently have a female tech and our customers think she is awesome and we think so too. If interested in working in Northern Virginia give us a call. You could train with Carrie.
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
10-20-2005, 09:42 PM
Gogetter, I have been an auto mechanic and now work on an ammonia system. I have met mostly very supportive co workers. I have been told its all in the attitude. I have found this to be true. I have also found the first month is hard, they are always checking how much you know and how serious you are. I encourage you to pursue this. Keep your head up, you will meet a few jerks along the way, but you would meet a few if you were a nurse too. Keep in mind its not always just because you are a woman, it is because the other person is just naturally a jerk!
I need to change my name sometime, I need to change it to Chillin, cause I no longer am just tryin to, I am doing it. I can do it now cause I had a lot of help to learn it, and most of it came from this site. This site will be very helpful to you. I still thank the wonderful member who helped me so much!! And thanks again, you know who you are!
10-20-2005, 09:55 PM
Walking the walk is the key. If you walk the walk you will be respected. I would hire any woman who could do the job.
10-20-2005, 10:08 PM
To be truthfully honest with you I probably would not hire a woman, at least one that I didnít know.
Now with this being said it has nothing to do with ability to do the job or that I donít think that a woman could be a great employee
The problem is sexual harassment, when we work a lot of times there are rude comments, innuendos and some down right off color stuff said
I would not tolerate anyone that touched another employee or anyone that made it difficult for someone to work intentionally
But as far as all the lawsuits over stupid jokes and comments that have no merit it does kinda scare me into trying to avoid hiring anyone that would be an at risk person.
Now with all that being said I have had women that I know work off and on to get some extra cash and they have always been good sports but like I said I have already known them and most of them could give back twice what they got
And they have all been warned in advance that there would be jokes and comments but they have never been singled out
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