The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week (March 3-9) is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.
Follow along with us throughout the week as we sit down and chat with some of our incredible Women in Construction at Comfort Systems USA Southwest!
AMY SCHEAR- COMFORT SYSTEMS USA SOUTHWEST PROJECT COORDINATOR
Years in the industry: 11 years
Years at Comfort Systems USA Southwest: 9 months
Why did you originally seek a job within a construction company?
I was looking for a different opportunity, and I was able to obtain a high-level security clearance with the first company I worked for.
What do you like the most about working in the construction industry? What do you like the most about working at Comfort Systems USA Southwest?
The construction industry is ever changing, and that really appeals to me. I chose to work for Comfort Systems USA Southwest because I wanted to feel like I belonged to a group and not just be a number.
If applicable, how does working at Comfort Systems USA Southwest differ from other construction companies you previously worked at?
Working here is different than any other company I have worked for because it's a smaller, close knit group and I enjoy that.
There is an obvious lack of women within our industry (compared to men in the industry). Comfort Systems USA Southwest is making a concerted effort to attract more women into the industry. Personally, do you feel that the construction industry as a whole is embracing women?
I think that compared to years past, yes, the construction industry is embracing more women. I feel there could always be a difference of opinion with some people regarding women in the construction industry, but as a whole, those differences are becoming less and less over time. We must just keep putting our best foot forward.
Why do you think the percentage of men to women within the industry is so low?
Construction has always been more of a man's industry. Men as a whole, tend to have more physical strength and can endure the physical demands of the job better.
What can Comfort Systems USA Southwest do to attract women into the indsutry?
I think Comfort Systems USA Southwest must keep highlighting all of the positives of working in the construction industry.
Any words of wisdom or advice for women who are thinking about joining the industry, or for those who are new to it?
No matter what your gender is, if you put your best effort in, you can achieve anything you want.