Heather Opp

Heather Opp

Technician II


Phoenix, AZ USA

Never be afraid to ask questions!


By Roadtrip Nation

Heather Opp


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Started out as a personal trainer, but got burnt out by the long hours spent in the gym; realized it wasn’t fun for her anymore, so she decided to branch out and do something different.
She always had a dream of fixing up an old Volkswagen Beetle, but lacked the knowledge and skills to do it.
Says that prior to pursuing mechanics, she was always too scared to work on her own vehicles.
After visiting the Ryder shop and meeting some of the mechanics, she fell in love with the people and the atmosphere—has been working for Ryder ever since.
For her, transitioning into the diesel industry was a huge learning curve because she had zero experience; says it’s an industry that is open to teaching you and letting you learn in your own way.
She says that lacking an educational foundation in mechanics has hampered her, but it’s forced her to work harder to be the best mechanic she can be.
Emphasizes never being afraid to ask questions because that’s how you learn.
Her favorite part of working in the diesel industry has been the opportunity to get out of her comfort zone.


Technician II

I am an experienced diesel mechanic with Ryder.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I work from 5:30am to 2pm every day. We have a list of trucks that need to be prepped and serviced each day so they are ready to go. When I am assigned the truck I am supposed to be working on, I have to print out a record of all of the preventative maintenance that has already been done to it and figure out the repair tasks that I need to complete. I complete my checklist of repairs, clean it up, and get it ready to be sold.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

If you are interested in pursuing a career in mechanics or another auto industry job, considering going to school in order to gain a foundational understanding. You can (and will) learn a lot on the job, but having that foundation eases the sharp learning curve when first entering this field.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I should've gone to school."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues