Women Under the Hood!
Women in Diesel Technology @ Wallace State Community College
Did you know?
- 95% of graduates with a Diesel Technology Degree go on to work in positions with a starting pay of $16 to $24/hour. Master Technicians can make up to $100k+!
- Employer demand is so high that current Wallace State Diesel Technology students are receiving job offers before they complete their degree.
- Education program ranges from four months to 2 years. Day, evening, and weekend classes available. Majority online option. Attend full or part-time. Scholarships and financial aid pay for most student's tuition. Money should not be a barrier to enrolling.
- No diesel technology experience required.
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Biographies of local female role models in diesel
"I get excited about going to work; it doesn't really feel like a job. It's very satisfying to repair a truck and know that you are one of the few people that can actually fix it and get everything moving again."
"I love anything that has a motor in it or deals with cars. Being a Diesel Technician isn't just a job I love, it's a career that enables me not to struggle financially and to give my boys the life they truly deserve."
Advice to Women Considering This Career:
"This is a fabulous career, it's something you can be proud of! Don't be scared. You can do it!"
Advice to Women Considering This Career:
"Don't be scared to join the Diesel Technology Program. It's probably a lot different than you think, it's actually very fun and interesting! So just go for it!"
Role Model Videos: Watch these women under the hood!
Wallace State Community College Women in Diesel Meet and Greet - Meet Lucie Moore a student at Wallace State who's working a full-time job and is a mom and Haley Pang who's been in the field for more than 7 years and is well on her way to becoming a master technician. Also see presentations from the Lead Instructor for the Diesel Technology Program and a Success Coach who will share information about scholarships for program expenses and how to enroll. This is a recording of a March 17, 2022 virtual event.
Alexandrea Burgos works for Herc Rental in Heavy Equipment as a Diesel Technician.
Jen Willis is a heavy-duty equipment technician at Caterpillar after working 17 years as a hairdresser.
Louise Azzopardi was the first female to compete in the Australian National Heavy Vehicle competition in Melbourne and she won a Gold Medal.
Leigh Wall is both a heavy-duty mechanic working with big diesel engines and 2-year college recruiter.
Megan is a high school student enrolled as a junior in a community college diesel program.
YES - Girls Can Too Graduation! - Doing things that scare you! Louise Azzopardi describes her diesel journey moving beyond her fear and self-doubt.
Women in Diesel Technology: Online Communities and Related Associations and Social MediaConnect with Other Women
Female Mechanics Alliance
Private Facebook Membership Group with over 3000 members. Free to join. "Welcome! We all know we're out there, but not many of us have even met another female mechanic. This group focuses our awesome female prowess into one spot where we can share, network and encourage; heavy on the encourage. By the way, not just cars! Trains, planes, motorcycles, diesel, marine, heavy equipment, industrial maintenance, helicopters, bicycles – you name it, we're fixing it."
Female Mechanics Society
Private Facebook Membership Group with almost 3000 members. Free to join. “This group is for female mechanics, or females interested in getting into the trade. Our goal is to connect women in the industry, discuss work, share tips and have a little fun at the same time!”
Women in Trucking Foundation
The Women in Trucking Foundation, a non-profit organization, raises funds to support women in the trucking industry. The foundation uses the money it raises to provide scholarships and donate to schools that provide classroom and vocational training.
Southern Automotive Women's Forum
The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is a nonprofit dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry. SAWF achieves this mission by collaborating with industry partners to create educational, mentorship, and networking opportunities for its members. Our members serve as strong role models for one another and for young women of all ages who are interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the hope that they will apply these skills to the automotive industry of the future. Since its inception in 2010, SAWF has also awarded over $285,000 in scholarship funds to young women beginning their careers in STEM and to women seeking to enhance their opportunities.
Scholarships from The Jessi Combs Foundation
The Jessi Combs Foundation offers scholarships for women who wish to pursue a career in the trades. Sana Anderson, a female diesel technician who focuses on heavy duty trucks and trailers, was one of the foundation’s scholarship recipients.
Scholarships Offered by the TechForce Foundation
The TechForce Foundation offers scholarships to aspiring technicians and has a Women Techs Rock Project. A female diesel student from Wallace State is a scholarship recipient.
Industry Support: Alabama Trucking Association
"Alabama's trucking industry needs the best and brightest to keep our technologically advanced fleet working safely on the roads. The best and the brightest are often women and they now have a designated pathway to becoming a diesel tech: the Wallace State Hanceville Diesel Technology program. It's the best route for women to join the team that keeps Alabama moving forward."
Mark Colson, President and CEO
Alabama Trucking Association
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