Claudia Puebla: Daikin´s Project Engineer
Born in California and oldest of three (3) daughters to an Argentinian Father and Colombian Mother. Raised in Argentina from where she identifies herself, culturally. Married and enjoys traveling to new location each year. Has over 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry, of which the last 7 years have been spent at Daikin South Florida.
Education: Claudia received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York (CUNY).
How did you get involved in HVAC?: – I interned and worked for a Facility Manager at LaGuardia College in NY. Received an HVAC design certification from NYU, and was offered a position with a Florida mechanical contractor.
How did you get involved in Daikin Applied South Florida and your role? – I was offered this opportunity that was both scary and exciting at the same time, since the McQuay was not well known. I could honestly say I have watched this company grow from infancy to be a huge contender in the HVAC industry. As a Project Engineer, I am involved in almost every aspect from design, selections, execution and project management, to close outs. I’ve watched how VRV has taken over the market over conventional equipment.
What are your memorable moments with Daikin Applied South Florida? – I love the fact the company still has a family feel to it. We bounce ideas off each other, confide in each other and support each other like a family. There’s a great sense of understanding and acceptance with this team and that feeling goes a very long way.
What three words to describe Daikin Applied South Florida? – Technology, Solutions & Teamwork.
How do you see the direction with this industry? – As an Hispanic women, in a generally male dominated field in both engineering and construction, it is always a challenge to be on top of your game and always trying to prove yourself. I think we’re being underestimated but slowly recognized and acknowledged for what we do. It’s refreshing to see other female professionals in the field.