I’m currently in the process of being hired at TSTC’s Automotive department as a student assistant. I’m enrolled in their Automotive Technology Program which is a 2-year Associate's Degree program. It includes my SP2 certification, AllData certification, 25 Ford online training certifications, and I’m soon to be a Level 0 Technician in the Mopar CAP program. I’m a former foreign car technician, classic vehicle restoration specialist, and classic vehicle parts acquisition specialist.
As a young girl, I fell in love with classic cars- everything about them. I wanted posters, model cars, and anything car-related. When I was 13 or 14, I helped my brother restore his 1960 Chevy Apache after school and on weekends. I just fell in love immediately. I knew it was my passion, but didn’t pursue it as a career until later in life.
As a project, I ended up rebuilding a 1963 Ford Falcon my dad gave me and it was then I started to pursue it as a career. I worked as a restoration specialist and parts acquisition specialist at the same time, while working around kids' school schedules. I was VP of an all-girls classic car club. When the restoration shop closed, I was given the opportunity to work with foreign vehicles. (I worked on them, but I didn’t love them.) I met my (now) husband and adopted 3-more kids. I then ended up enrolling into the automotive program at TSTC where my husband actually works as an instructor.
I want to get my Associate’s Degree so I can eventually become an automotive instructor as well. I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and despite the pain, I love turning wrenches and doing what I love.
My advice to a young woman wanting to pursue a career in the industry, I would say just go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it. Don’t put your dreams on hold for anyone. If you do a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!