Q & A with Red Seal Journeywoman Liz Sandwith RSE

We asked Red Seal Journeywoman Liz Sandwith of Black & McDonald to answer 4 quick questions about her experience working in the HVAC industry. Read on to learn the universal reasons why she loves the world of HVAC and get her unique perspective as a woman working in this industry.

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Infographic-10 Tips to Help Prevent Dust Explosions

Dust explosions are a serious danger that facility managers must be aware of in many industries including power generation and food processing. Even powders like flour or sugar can become a hazard in certain environments. Download this infographic to learn 10 tips to help prevent dust explosions.

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Casino Maintenance: From Surface Sanitation to the HVAC System

Each year more than 50 million people visit casinos in the United States and play some of the 1 million slot and video game machines across the country. But each time they pull the handle, they’re wagering more than just their money; they’re wagering their health, too. Thousands of casino visitors come to play every day despite being sick with a cold or the flu. When sick people push a video poker button or pick up the dice, their germs are left behind and transmitted to the next player who might get sick.

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Recording Available! Webinar: Industrial Boiler Cleaning

Goodway’s free webinar, “Industrial Boiler Cleaning” is available. The webinar host, Mark Roth, Goodway sales director, with guest Ray Field, Goodway’s director chemical technologies, walk through the basics of industrial boilers, the importance of cleaning and preventative maintenance, how to determine whether mechanical or chemical cleaning is the best solution for your facility, and the process for performing those cleaning options. There is also a question and answer session at the end of the webinar. Don’t miss this important webinar!

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Women in HVAC

The U.S. economy added 263,000 new jobs in April 2019 bringing unemployment down to 3.6%, its lowest level since 1969. The unemployment rate for women was even lower at 3.4%, down more than half since 2010. Part of the growing economy is the HVAC industry, one of the strongest sectors in the U.S. market.

According to industry newsletter theNews, HVAC mechanic and installer jobs are expected to grow 15 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. With much of the current workforce to retire in the next ten years, this means good paying, open positions are available to those with the right qualifications. Companies unable to fill positions will often increase wages to attract skilled candidates rather than leave jobs vacant for long period of time. Economist Gad Levanon, speaking on the shortage of blue collar workers and the rising wages, tells Forbes Magazine that, “Compared to a few years ago, blue-collar workers are now much more likely to have a job they are satisfied with and experience rapid wage growth.”

But even with rising wages and plentiful jobs, less than 2% of all HVAC technicians are women. Overcoming the stereotype that the HVAC industry is just for men may be the toughest challenge in reaching this untapped demographic group. Women in the HVAC industry report high levels of job satisfaction and stability as well as almost unlimited opportunities for overtime along with the fulfillment of helping customers solve problems.

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