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post #21 of 43
I can think of very few careers that are implausible for women (professional sperm donor? Mall Santa? Men's locker room attendant?)...I'd say take a class and check it out!
post #22 of 43
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Originally Posted by InMediasRes View Post
DH suggested opening a "mommy mechanic" shop that taylors to moms with kids in tow. I know I HATE doing car errands with the kids. It would be nice if the shops had stuff to keep the kids occupied, or was right next to a park or something.

My mother uses a car wash/ detailing shop that has a train table. It's great.
post #23 of 43
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Originally Posted by ProtoLawyer View Post
I can think of very few careers that are implausible for women (professional sperm donor? Mall Santa? Men's locker room attendant?)...I'd say take a class and check it out!
Sigh. You're right. It sure feels like breaking out of gender roles is easier said than done.

I did the research, and 1% of mechanics are women. They tend to do very well because over half of a mechanic's customers are female.

I think I'm going to make some phone calls and get the ball rolling. I don't know if I'm very strong (I mean, I have good mommy muscles, but that's about it) but I can get there. Thanks for the encouragement, ladies.
post #24 of 43
i'm a former jeweler and my best friend is a welder. the strength issue is legitimate, somewhat, but strength is developed through repetitive use of muscles, so by the time you're certified you'll be a lot stronger than you are now. also, as my friend can tell you, male coworkers don't mind helping lift and move heavy things if you can help squeeze into smaller spaces or have finer manual dexterity. i say go for it.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by InMediasRes View Post
DH suggested opening a "mommy mechanic" shop that taylors to moms with kids in tow. I know I HATE doing car errands with the kids. It would be nice if the shops had stuff to keep the kids occupied, or was right next to a park or something.
THat's a great idea.
post #26 of 43
I think you should go for it. I think that is SO cool. Also, if it were me I would go to a female mechanic (referral of course) hands down. I always am convinced that male mechanics are lying to me and laughing behind my back!
post #27 of 43
Here's another GO FOR IT!!!
At least take a class or two at the community college and see how it goes.
I too love the idea of a Woman/Mama/family friendly 'garage'.
There's a mechanic in my town that caters to women, from his experience raising 3 girls, but I don't care for his gruff demeanor so I don't go there, even though I feel like he's being honest.
So it would completely rock to have a female mechanic running a family garage in my town or any of our towns
post #28 of 43
My Mom & some of her female friends are auto mechanics.
post #29 of 43
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Originally Posted by InMediasRes View Post
For the longest time, I have had the strange desire to be an auto mechanic. I can't figure out where it comes from. My other interests are primarily in the arts, but something about that particular job sounds so appealing to me.


I know a woman who's an airplane mechanic. She used to work at JFK airport in NYC, doing airplane maintenance.

For what it's worth, she does have an bachelor's degree in engineering. Not sure which she did first, though, the degree or the airplane maintenance training.
post #30 of 43
Another "go for it!"

I would pay extra for a kids' area at my local mechanic's, too. The one we go to, I actually schedule the kids' bath day around it because it is filthydisgusting. If I know we're going to get the oil changed, then the kids get a bath when we get home. It's awful.
post #31 of 43
Have you seen askpatty.com?? I met the founders at a conference and they absolutely want to support women in entering all areas of this field. In my early twenties I worked in an auto body and repair shop doing very basic stuff, but it was the most fun I've had at a job.
post #32 of 43
I know a lady who is Ford Cert. mechanic. Has been for years. I know another lady who became a millwright in her 40's. So imo, go for it! Its a fascinating field, good money, high demand and travels well
good luck!
post #33 of 43
You can do it!

I worked for 10 years as a residential electrician. On some jobs, I was the only woman (and about 30-60 men).

I loved it. Sometimes I got attention I did not want, but quickly learned to deal with it and not take it personally. Sometimes the men were hard on me-assuming that I was 'weak' or not skilled, but I quickly proved myself to be an 'equal' team member.

Most of the time, though, I loved it and I think most of the men did too. Women bring different talents and skills (and flair!) to the job and I was respected and appreciated.

Good luck!
post #34 of 43
Yeah there'll be some trouble with those who don't think women are good at being mechanics... But I can only think of a couple of occupations that women can't really do simply because male physiology is a requirement... I mean, I doubt you'd make it as a male stripper or anything, but I'm sure you can make it as an auto mechanic.

FTR, our main auto mechanic is female... Just like DD's hair dresser is male (and looks like he should be playing football instead).
post #35 of 43
I started studying small engine mechanics once, but other things got in the way.

Hand strength might not be as much of an issue... as a pro you'd probably be working with hydraulic tools most of the time. Lifting heavy parts might be. I'm very weak and it's tough for me to pick up a brake rotor, nevermind a tire.
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by InMediasRes View Post
DH suggested opening a "mommy mechanic" shop that taylors to moms with kids in tow. I know I HATE doing car errands with the kids. It would be nice if the shops had stuff to keep the kids occupied, or was right next to a park or something.
add in ethical business practices and thats a MILLION DOLLAR IDEA. women owned business can get extra loans, etc...as well. and you could sponsor teen moms to go into trade school to learn a valuable trade!
post #37 of 43
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post #38 of 43
I say go for it! I've learned alot about the parts side of mechanic work as my Hubby has worked on our older vehicles. I love being knowledgeable when I go into a parts place and know what I'm talking about. There's just something good about that.

About your schooling, I read somewhere once upon a time that a person could get funding for schooling for being a minority in that field. I think it's a state fund? Maybe check into it?

Definitely do what you desire to do!
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
Well, I looked into all the classes I would need to take, and it looks like I wouldn't be able to start the program until sometime in the fall. The classes are at god awful times, at either 6:30 AM or 5:30-10:30 PM. But it's local, so once my youngest is older, it should work out alright for me to do an evening class. DH and I wouldn't see eachother for a month and a half at a time (half-semester intensive classes), but it would only be for a short while, and he might be able to work something out with work. We'll see. I think it's a great idea, and something I really am interested in doing.
post #40 of 43
My cousin's an auto mechanic..never forget the time we came upon a driver broke down and he asked our driver "male" what he was thinking and my cousin was suggesting things, smelling fluid and the guy was ignoring her etc. then she walks over and tells him exactly what is wrong and he still ignores her and the male friend says "listen to her, she's the mechanic, I don't know anything about cars" and then later my female cousin fixed his car. The guy was so excited about the girl mechanic(he was probably in his sixties) he was calling people telling them how great she was

Go for it!
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