Beauty of stud­ies in truck­ing

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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.

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BLAZ­ING A TRAIL: Jinmi Song di­ag­noses me­chan­i­cal prob­lems and re­pairs trucks at Daim­ler Trucks Gold Coast.

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