Scout Gillick

Scout Gillick

Diesel Technician


Ryder

Houston, TX USA


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

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Scout Gillick

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
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.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Texas State Technical College Waco
Career

Career

Diesel Technician

I am a diesel technician with Ryder.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Technology
Technology
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Don't focus on proving yourself as an individual, focus on proving your skills and that you are capable of doing the work. Be confident in your abilities and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Do your research on the schools you are interested in. You don't always want to take the cheap way out when it comes to your education, especially with technical skills. I didn't have great teachers, so it took me a lot longer to learn things.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Truck drivers and mechanics are the people who can't get into good schools and are just doing the bare minimum. "

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress
Gender Discrimination