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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Technicians

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Houston, TX

SCOUT GILLICK

Diesel Technician
Ryder

“Keep your head up—no one was born knowing everything.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Fulfillment Struggle Hard Work Courage Perseverance Experience Opportunity Success Doubt Negativity Choices

FOUNDATION:

Learning and Being Challenged

TAGS:

asking for help, automotive industry, believe in yourself, class, diesel, difficult, engine, female, fixing things, happiness, learn by doing, learning experiences, military, minority, national guard, school, struggles, success, technical, texas

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.

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