Scout's Open Road
I Didn't Know What I Wanted (1:15)
Road To The Auto Industry (0:48)
Go To A Good School (0:37)
Learn By Doing (0:17)
It's Harder Than People Think (0:30)
Just Prove That You Can Do It (1:18)
Keep your head up—no one was born knowing everything.
- Enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard when she was 17; signed up as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic because “it was the only job open”.
- Shortly after enlisting, she went to Fort Jackson, SC where she did three months of diesel training working on Humvees and larger trucks.
- Knew early on that she didn’t want to go to a traditional four year college, so she attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX where she received an Associate’s degree in diesel equipment.
- Has been working at Ryder as a Diesel Mechanic for over a year after hearing about the position at an on-campus job fair.
- Says that being a woman in the diesel industry is a challenge, but she’s never let that hold her back.
- Admits that she initially had a negative view of the auto and diesel industry as being full of people just “doing the bare minimum.”
- After entering the industry, she developed a strong respect for it and realized the vital part that being a mechanic plays in the economy.
- Says that asking questions, paying attention, and putting in an effort are the most important things you can do to succeed in life.