I’ve always looked at big trucks on the road and thought, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’ I wanted to learn how to make them work. I was drawn to the Diesel Equipment Technician program because it was only one year long – I can’t even stress how much that appealed to me. is nothing like high school, but you don’t know that until you’re in it. Going back to school was very daunting for me.
A year and a half or so before I even thought of applying for this program – just because I didn’t want to go back to school – I had applied for an apprenticeship at a heavy-duty dealership …. What really kind of struck me was this one employer asked me if I had heard of the SAIT program and talked me through it. He said, ‘As a woman in a male-dominated industry, if you want to be taken seriously, go take this program, get your own tools and show you’re dedicated … that will make an employer look at you.’
I recently secured a job with an on-road shop. I had given up my reading week break and did a 40-hour week there. I was kind of like, ‘Look how hard I work for free. Give me a job and see what I can do.’ They let me in for a three-month probationary period, so I just need to make it pass that. I have confidence in myself that I am going to be able to do that. I feel like you need to have confidence in order to make it in any industry, not just this one. Since I accepted the job, I’ve had three phone calls from other companies.
I didn’t choose this industry to make the workplace better for women or to change anything drastically. I just wanted to be taken seriously and appreciated for being a good mechanic.”
Jordan May, Diesel Equipment Technician ‘17