Rashad Thomas

Rashad Thomas

Diesel Mechanic


Houston, TX USA

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My road in life took a while to figure out.
His father was a mechanic in the Air Force and continued in that field after he left the military; inspired him to “get his hands dirty.”
He ended up following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a mechanic in the military, which is where he learned the basics.
While there, he had the opportunity to work on tanks, Humvees, MRAPs, and the “Stryker”, a 19-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicle.
Even though he has a background in automotive repairs, when he got a job at Ryder, he admits he found it difficult to learn some of the diesel mechanics.
Says that learning how to repair a diesel engine has been one of his biggest accomplishments because it was something he never thought he would be able to do.
He never had any formal college or vocational education and says that lacking those basic skills has made his career journey more difficult.
Enjoys the opportunities that the diesel industry gives him to learn new things and challenge himself in new ways.
Believes that the vitality of the auto and diesel industry make it one of the best jobs there is—as a mechanic, “[that job] is never going to go away.”
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Diesel Mechanic

I am a military veteran and experienced diesel mechanic.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I was a mechanic in the military, which gave me the opportunity to get experience in this field. If you can't or don't want to go to school or join the military, familiarize yourself with the basics of mechanics. A lot of companies like to train you according to their needs and ways, so go in with an open mind and be willing to learn.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Research technical schools that will give you training in the basics so that when you get ready to start working, you will be ahead of the game.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'll never be able to repair a whole engine. "

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues

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