Beauty of studies in trucking
A KOREAN international student is challenging herself in a male-dominated trade by studying to become a truck mechanic.
Jinmi Song, 36, is the only international female student to have ever undertaken the AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Automotive Vehicle Mechanical Technology at TAFE Queensland's Gold Coast campus.
Giving Jinmi the opportunity to put her broad-based skills in vehicle diagnostics to the test is Daimler Trucks Gold Coast based in Burleigh, where she is part of the service team, repairing trucks in the workshop.
Daimler Trucks service manager James Davidson is proud to see equal opportunities for women in the mechanical industry.
He also said Jinmi was not only the first female they had employed as a technician, but also their first vocational placement student.
"Jinmi is on point with her detail to servicing and applies herself extremely well,” Mr Davidson said.
"She mixes it up well with the guys and matches them on the physical aspects of the role too.”
Jinmi said moving to the Gold Coast to study had opened up a perfect opportunity for her in an automotive career.
"As a child I didn't have the chance to learn anything related to automotive studies back in Korea,” she said.
"On my arrival in Australia five years ago, I initially completed a beauty course before undertaking a two-year light automotive apprenticeship at another local RTO (registered training organisation).
"This course opened up my interest and knowledge in engineering and I wanted to study further so I enrolled in the AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Automotive Vehicle Mechanic at TAFE Queensland.
"I thoroughly enjoy learning how to diagnose problems and repair the trucks. Australia is great as it gives women these wonderful opportunities in the workforce.”
The heavy vehicle industry provides the opportunity to take part in a multi-skilled area driven by new technologies.
Employers are searching for qualified workers who have an in-depth understanding of vehicle systems.
On successful completion of her qualification, Jinmi hopes to gain a permanent position as a qualified heavy vehicle tradesperson and continue her career in the industry.
"She is an asset to Daimler Trucks and should the opportunity arise to place her permanently, we would have no hesitation in offering her a role in the future,” Mr Davidson said.
Find out more about TAFE at tafeqld.edu.au.