I knew it was going to be difficult to join a profession with a bunch of men.
The HVAC repair industry is filled with men and it can be hard to find a woman working in the field at every shop. I Headed to become an HVAC repair technician, because my dad worked in the industry. When I was a kid, he brought home projects like broken furnishers and space heaters. I watched him take heating machines apart and put them back together. I was always intrigued by the puzzle and I thought it was a lot of fun to watch my dad work. He died when I was only 16 years old and I decided to make HVAC repair my career. I spent 12 months in a technical school learning everything necessary to become a successful repair technician. I was the only female in the technical class, but all of the guys were very kind and nice. None of them gave me a hard time about pursuing the career that I chose. That changed a great deal after I found my first job. I was hired a few months after I became certified in heating and air conditioning repair work. I was the only female working with a group of guys and they teased me for the first couple of weeks. I didn’t care and I didn’t let it bother me, because I was happy working in the same field as my dad and I wasn’t going to let anyone get in the way of my pursuit of happiness.