The Dream Of a Lady To Auto Repair

When Kandice Shed was 16, her first car was the Stanza and since it wasn’t in its best condition, Shedd had no choice but to learn auto repair to keep it and save money.


“And every time I turned around, something was wrong on it,” Shedd said.

Meanwhile, Angel Griffin is also dreaming of a career in auto repair as her inspirations came from dirt tracks to car hoods.

Nicole Hill too had the interest in auto repair. Her father started the spark when he taught Nicole how to change tires.

While these three ladies are very interested and very focused in studying auto repair in Gaston College’s automotive repair shop, people are still doubtful whether to trust them with their skills or not.

Unfortunately, the society is still at large of stereotyping and these three young passionate auto repair students have been used to those doubtful looks people get whenever they give the keys to them. With that stated, these girls are not backing out as they keep using that as fuel to fire their own engines up and be better than what people expect!

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, 1.2 percent automotive body and repair workers are women and it is one of the 13 jobs that are unlikely for women to go into. Most women, compromised of the 40.6 percent, are working in the management professions.

Since many women are already known to be in those fields, seeing a woman in auto repair was an unusual experience but Shedd did not let it get into her plans and continued on by studying at Gaston College’s automotive systems technology program.

“A lot of people were skeptical when I first talked about it,” Shedd said. “When I first started, I was the only girl here. I got the stares from the guys.”

Hill had the same experience as Shedd, getting doubtful responses from customers about her capability but according to these females, being a girl is an advantage to auto repair especially if it’s about reaching into the small areas that large hands can’t get into.

The challenge for these women lie in building up their reputations as a good mechanic, not just because they are women but also because they have had bad experiences already from auto repair shops that wasn’t as reputable as they thought it was.

For now, studying is their means of getting there and changing tires, repairing brakes, and fixing engines are their focus. 

Posted by Diane Araga, on January 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM