Name: Rebecca Gempp
Employer:Meacham Heating, Cooling & Energy Solutions
Location: Charlton, Massachusetts
From Master Electrician to First Female Top Tech
Before becoming a student of the HVAC Learning Solutions BuildATech® program in October of 2014, Rebecca Gempp was a Master Electrician, focusing on power/control wiring in the HVAC industry. But when she graduated the Lennox technician program, Gempp achieved a unique accomplishment - on November 21, Gempp became the first female in HVAC Learning Solutions history to receive the Top Tech title.
"I enjoyed every minute of my experience in BuildATech®," Gempp says.
Gempp says the format of the class, a mix of classroom instruction and practical application, was ideal for her hands-on learning style.
"I'm more of a visual learner and I like to know why," Gempp says. "We started our class learning in the regular classroom, then in the afternoon we got to apply what we learned, and there was always extra time if I wanted to know why. I could just approach any of the instructors and they gave me the time that I needed."
Leading the path
As a woman in a male-dominated profession, Gempp hopes that fellow women looking to join the HVAC industry pursue their passion and do so beginning with BuildATech® training.
"I would recommend other women getting into the HVAC industry, especially through this program, because with the instructors and some of the avenues where we could talk to specialists, I received a lot of encouragement," Gempp says. "I was working hard through the whole program and it was acknowledged - and in a construction industry, you don't necessarily get that feedback. "
Confident and inspired, Gempp says she feels as though the education she received from the BuildATech® training course is far greater than some other two-year training courses in the HVAC industry.
"I feel very confident that as soon as I get back home that I could just go in the truck and actually handle a service call," Gempp says. "I feel I could definitely generate more revenue with this training behind me for my company. I actually have a lot of ideas from the instructor and curriculum in class that I've shared with my boss. She's excited to talk to me about some of the ideas that I got through this program that would increase customer relations and profit with the company."