In celebration of International Women's Day we sat down with our very own Apprentice Heavy Diesel Mechanic, Teyrani who explained how she got into the industry and why she loves working at WA Hino.
What’s your day to day role within the dealership?
I am a First Year Heavy Diesel Mechanic Apprentice.
I start off my morning with my daily cleaning tasks, ensuring there is no general mess in the workshop. I’ll then receive my first job for the day, which is always different so it’s exciting. Sometimes it’s a service; sometimes it’s a recall either at the dealership or on-site. Sometimes I get given a job I have never done before which is a good challenge and opportunity to learn.
How long have you been at the dealership?
How did you get into the industry?
I started working at WA Hino through a pre-apprenticeship. From a young age I always had an interest in pulling things apart, fixing them and putting them back together again. I was always curious to know what my Dad was working on, on his car and knew that I always wanted to have an active job. I thought about working on cars but it just wasn’t enough for me, so I did some research and found a pre-apprenticeship course for a Heavy Diesel Mechanic and thought “perfect, that’s me!” It was a challenge, an opportunity and statement that I can always do whatever I set my mind to. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and being quite petite I knew that I would have a challenge on my hands. However I knew that everyday would be different and that I’d learn so much.
Would you recommend other women getting into the industry?
Absolutely! Other women shouldn’t shy away from doing this trade because it is stereotypically looked at being a male dominant trade. I myself had a few doubts to begin with but I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and it has been the best decision I have ever made. This is an amazing trade with amazing opportunities.
What are you most proud of working at this dealership?
The overwhelming acceptance and support I have received since day one from my colleagues. I’m always encouraged to learn more and enjoy my time. I’m always offered help when faced with a new obstacle and show new skills to better myself. I have always felt accepted, everyone at WA Hino is really kind and helpful and I really couldn’t have asked for a better work environment.