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Rashad Thomas
Rashad Thomas

Rashad Thomas


Houston, TX USA

"You can never know too much."

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Day In The Life

Diesel Mechanic

I am a military veteran and experienced diesel mechanic.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    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.”

  • 2.

    He ended up following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a mechanic in the military, which is where he learned the basics.

  • 3.

    While there, he had the opportunity to work on tanks, Humvees, MRAPs, and the “Stryker”, a 19-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicle.

  • 4.

    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.

  • 5.

    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.

  • 6.

    He never had any formal college or vocational education and says that lacking those basic skills has made his career journey more difficult.

  • 7.

    Enjoys the opportunities that the diesel industry gives him to learn new things and challenge himself in new ways.

  • 8.

    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.”

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

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

  • How I responded:

    I started out doing oil changes and never thought I would learn to fix engines. Working at Ryder, they gave me the training I needed and helped me to advance so that I could gain new skills.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It took awhile to learn the basics of diesel mechanics, but through the training at Ryder, I evenutally caught on.